Since the most common cause of heel pain on getting up is plantar fasciitis, one must consult a doctor for plantar fasciitis. Generally an X-ray examination is conducted in order to check the extent of damage. It also helps to rule out the chances of bone fractures. Doctors generally prescribe the use of corticosteroid injections and medications in event of severe inflammation. Since wearing an ill fitting footwear can aggravate pain, one must be careful while buying shoes. Using orthotic devices or shoes inserts will also prove beneficial. These will not only reduce the stress to the heel bone, but also facilitate better shock absorption. There are some things that a person can do to help eliminate the pain in their heels. One obvious one that I already mentioned was to buy a good pair of shoes. This includes for any occasion. Women who often wear high heels develop heel pain because of the great pressure that is placed on the heels. Considering shoes with lower heels could be helpful. Dr. Ronald Jensen, a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and a podiatrist in private practice in Modesto, California suggests doing simple stretches. I also think massaging your feet are helpful. All three patients with toe fractures waited several weeks to be evaluated hoping the problem would resolve on its own. I don't have a problem with waiting a few days to be sure that the injury is more than a simple bruise, but it is important to see a podiatric physician sooner, rather than later, for a possible fracture. Digital X-rays allow the x-ray images to be magnified and allow for a much more accurate diagnosis of toe fractures. If the fracture is displaced, it will be difficult (if not impossible) to put them back in place without surgery if treatment is delayed. Another less common, but rapidly increasing risk that may cause tendon rupture is occurring among patients undergoing antibiotic treatments of the fluoroquinolone drugs. These antibiotics have been flagged as a potential risk factor for causing tendon ruptures. The risk is so high that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently increased the labeling of all the fluoroquinolone drugs to a black box label, which is among the strongest labels given by the FDA. The labeling alerts physicians to the increased risk and will likely reduce the potential for prescribing one of these antibiotics to an "at-risk patient". When I questioned the doctor he advised me that I had what is commonly referred to as a heel spur. He asked me if I had experienced any pain there. I advised him that I had been having excruciating pain in the left foot and pretty bad pain in the right foot as well. He set me up with an appointment to see a podiatrist. When I finally got to see the foot doctor he explained to me what the cause of my pain was and we talked about some treatment options.