Foot stiffness from prolonged sitting

Hi my name is Sandra and I am 39 yrs old. I have had 2 stress fractures and one dancers fracture on both of my feet but not at the same times, I have had plantar fasciitis as well as heel spurs, I was born with an abnormality on both of my feet where it looks like my last toe has been moved to the second to last time both feet are like this. I’ve been told the name of this but can’t remember it. I’ve noticed for a year now that when I get up in the morning I can’t walk at times due to my feet being stiff no heel pain, swelling or any pain at all. When I sit or ride for a long time and get up to walk it looks like I’m an old lady trying to catch up to the crowd. I can stand for long times no problems, walk for long periods no problems, just when I’m not doing anything this happens. In the past when I got up in the mornings it was sever pain from the heels to the toes. This is like their stiff and tight and can’t straighten out. Like I stated, no swelling at all. No recent trauma, 2 years post Dancers fractures. I was taking Celebrex BID prn. Stopped when the heel pain went away. I used to work in a clinic and was always on my feet now I’m sitting more. I can go to gym and do the treadmill and eliptical no problems. Please help, what could this be

2 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Are you doing anything for foot recovery? Are you doing any stretches or myofascial release to the muscles of the foot and lower leg? As we age our tissue begins to dehydrate create stiffness.

    This stiffness is most prevalent in the morning and will decrease as you get up and walk around. Stiffness does not always have to equal pain so it is most likely due to dehydrated soft tissue. There are some great products for self-manual therapy including Yamuna Foot Walkers ( and TP Therapy Foot Ballers ( As you begin to release the soft tissue of the foot and ankle, you will notice your hips and lower back relaxing as well.

    I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
    Please be advised: we do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

  2. Foot-com

    wonder if the Yamuna foot walkers would help me. I have plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions, hammer toes. I am also either missing or have decreased plantar fat pad. I have fractured both feet. I have had morton’s neuroma. I can only spend a short time on a treadmill or eliptical due to pain in the forefoot.

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