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Q: Why do my feet hurt? I wake up in the morning or in the middle of the night and it is like torchure

Why do my feet hurt?  I wake up in the morning or in the middle of the night and it is like torchure.  Even during the day when I have been stand ing for a little while and sit down the get back up a few minutes later.  It hurts so bad at times it takes my breathe away or I fall down because I can't take the pain. Some times it is my whole feet and some times it is just my heels.  I just don't understand why they hurt.  I have really high arches but my father has high arches also and his are falling but the pain he describes to me is not anything like mine. Please help me.  I am only 32 years old and should not be having this problem.

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Cort, Health Guide
11/18/08 11:54pm

You should check out the Check a Symptom box on the upper left hand of the Chronic Pain pages.  It will guide you through your symptoms and give you an idea of what may be going on.


You could have something called plantar fasciitis. I have high arches as well and plantar fasciitis - although not nearly as bad a case as you may have.  Plantar fasciitis pain is generally worse when you wake up and usually recedes as you start moving around. It's caused when the ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot (which supports your high arch) becomes inflamed and it can cause severe heel pain. Here's a link to more information on plantar fasciitis


 It sounds like you should see a doctor. Fortunately there are some remedies for this problem. Good luck with your heel pain.

Lulu, Community Member
5/29/09 2:51pm

I experienced the same discomfort you express.  I found a very good podiatrist who made a tape brace for me to wear until I could begin wearing the professionally made inserts.  He also started me on an anti-inflammatory, non-steroid medicine.  I am doing so much better.  Don't try to treat yourself for this.  It is called plantar faciitis, and you need to do a number of things right away to get relief.  It may take several months to heal, but hang in there.  Women's Health (June 2009) reports that European researchers have developed a successful treatment. In a 15-minute procedure, a doctor numbs the heel and inserts needles into the problem area.  Bleeding inside the foot results, bringing to the area platelets whose proteins stimulate tissue repair.  Hope we have this treatment here soon!

gina louise26, Community Member
5/31/09 11:26am

I am so glad that i decided to look this up today.  I am a 26 year old mother of 2 and i am experiencing the same pain.  In the morning and the middle of the night, my feet hurt so bad that it takes about 10 minutes before i can even walk.  The  pain almost drops me at first.  This was really worrying me considering how young I am.  I work as a CNA in a nursing home so i was cotributing the pain to walking on concrete floors all day to why i hurt so bad.  It gives me hope for a pain free life to read these comments and to hear that there is a cure.  thanksLaughing

Theresa, Community Member
7/ 7/09 1:31am

I would just like to find out what could be causing the above pain I have in my feet.

PTANNER, Community Member
9/25/09 4:58pm

    Back in 1996 - 2000, my feet hurt so bad that I considered asking for a handicap license plate.  I had xrays, tried cortisone injections and after a thousand dollors worth of shoe inserts and a lot of pain that wasn't going away.   In fact, the whole glucosimine/condrotin arthritis rememdies thing was known in Europe, but after reading an article someplace I tried to find it. After searching in two cities I finally found some and tried it.  It did not work!  The only thing that cut the pain even a little was ibuprofen and that was only a little. MY FEET HURT IN THE SHOWER, I FELT LIKE I WAS STANDING ON ROCKS.  In the summer of 2000, I just basically gave up. BUT my son had started college out of town in 1997 and I realized that I wasn't eating as well as I should. So as I had always had a good breakfast -- it was the rest of the day that was junk city. This is what I did!  I bought a dozen tv dinners and to increase the nutritional value amount I put about a handful of frozen green beans in with the package and then microwaved it for about a minute more than the directions said.     A COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER I STARTED TO EAT BETTER (WITH THE GREEN BEANS EVERY DAY) I NOTICED THAT MY FEET DID NOT HURT.  I TRIED NOT EATING THE GREEN BEANS AND MY FEET STARTED TO HURT AGAIN.  SO I STARTED EATING GREEN BEANS AGAIN. IT WORKED.

     By 2005, I was hurting again.  So I started to conscientiously eat green bean again and it worked again.  Of course by then my knees and ankles were hurting so bad that going up and down stairs and even stepping off curbs was scary. and the green beans did not help them only the feet.  In 2008 my nephew and his wife told me about getting rid of trans fat and HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.  OK OK I was ready to try anything.  Trans fat were not really in my diet, but I STARTED TO READ LABELS AND GOT RID OF ALL THE HFCS THAT I COULD SO I THOUGHT. BUT EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT WAS ENOUGH TO KEEP ME FROM HURTING.  I WAS TAKING 4 IBUPROFEN TWICE A DAY.  THEN I GOT RID OF ALL THE HFCS BY READING THE LABELS OF ALL FOODS   ALL FOODS.   SOME BREAD HAS IT/  SOME DOESN'T // SOME ICE CREAM HAS IT/ SOME DOESN'T.    READ EVERY LABEL.   MY KNEES DON'T HURT WALKING UP AND DOWN STAIRS / OFF CURBS.  IT IS EASIER TO STAND UP AND SIT DOWN. IT WAS AMAZING -- NO MORE IBUPROFEN EXCEPT FOR AN OCCASIONAL HEADACHE.




Catpat, Community Member
3/16/12 10:51pm

Hi I am so glad to read this. I have been living on Ibrufen for ages as my feet are so painful. Day and night, like you have tried shoes glucosomine etc and am willing to try anything... thanks for some ideas


aj, Community Member
6/ 2/12 9:05am

Thank you for posting this.  The pain in my feet started about a year ago and the chiropractor told me it was just my arches.  I tried the Dr Shoals inserts and the pain just continued to get worse.  I have had a ton of stress at work and between work and the kids sports I have been eating really poorly.  I am going to try eating my salads and healty food again and add in the green beans.  Thank you again for posting.

colleen gallagher, Community Member
5/10/10 12:47pm

my arch of my foot hurts every once in a while like it will be fine for a month the i get up one morning it wii hurt what could that be

misty39, Community Member
8/14/10 5:41am

I also have been experiencing pain in my feet especially in the Mornings and also if I sit for to long, I found that using the foot bath helps alot. I add salt to my water and I soak my feet it does help but gthe next day I'm back to square 1. I also have Orthotics for my sneakers they do help especially when I go for walks. I would suggest messaging your feet every evening after a good foot soak and see if it helps you. I know it does relieve me for awhile.

runner, Community Member
10/ 5/10 8:17pm

I have had similar pain and I am a 37 year old healthy female. I also have had aching hips. I started eating better, quit drinking pop, and started taking a slow-release iron supplement. Within minutes of taking iron, my pain goes away. When I stay on iron regularly, I'm pain-free. Of course when I get busy and forget to take my iron, the pain returns.


I'm no a doctor but this seems to work for me. Good luck!

sydney, Community Member
12/20/10 5:09pm


christy, Community Member
5/15/11 1:18am

I myself as well have pain in my feet when I wake up it hurts so bad that they feel like they are swallen to the max but they aren't. There has also been times when the pain is there all day and night long no matter what I do. I also get very sharp pain in my feet even if I do nothing like I can be sitting at my computer and when I get up it hurts like heck all over again. I really would like this pain to go away. I know when I was 21 I have had several strokes and it did affect me some and I have bad circulation in my left leg from it but the [pain is in both feet not just one and it is on the top of my feet not the bottom could this be the same thing you have mentioned before going on with me?

raftergurl, Community Member
8/30/11 3:19pm

just wanted to let you know that you have a REALLY FREAKING CUTE profile pic- the little one eating the watermelon. made my day!

eclipse2012, Community Member
6/ 2/12 9:41pm

Regarding the very bad foot pain in arches and heels when waking up! Been there done that yes it is extremely painful Plantars Fascaitis. In my younger days I always had bad heel pain but noticed after all the spine surgeries and well into my late 40's I started having extreme foot pain so painful even to try to massage they were so tender and hurt bad right in the arch and all around the heels. When to the Podiatrist who examined me and said it was bad Plantars Fasciatis and that I'm very Flat footed which I never really knew. They gave me a series of injections they are painful also but yes they use somekind of very cold spray on the area they will give the injection to help subdue the pain. Then they wrapped my foot with some special padding and recommended me getting something at the drug store inserts for my shoes. Man after the Dr. gave me those shots and wrapped my feet with those soft padds it felt so good but was only temp. relief. Still worth it too me. I've had to repeat these injections every few months when the pain get's really bad but they do help. 

Hailey Tiggens, Community Member
1/ 8/14 3:52am

This sounds exactly like my fathers pain he describes. He has been seeing a foot doctor for it and getting shots in his feet. I think you need to see a foot doctor, because my dad found out that he has a heel spur. And some treatments are freeze a Gatorade bottle and every night roll it on the floor under your feet for about 10 minutes. If both your feet hurt do 10 minutes each. I can't guarantee it will work but I heard the doctor tell my dad that and it work for a little bit. But it still hurt after a while. Hope this was help to you because I enjoy helping people. Go to a foot doctor it will help you later in life. Hope it was help reply and tell me if it did.

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By Develyn, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/21/14, First Published: 11/18/08