Aching Legs in the Morning: 6 Possible Reasons

Do your aching legs in the morning stop you from doing your daily activities? What’s worse is that you do not know what causes the pain. As a result, you may be unsure what kind of medicines or actions to take to alleviate this pain and continue doing your activities as you used to.


The problem is, aching legs in the morning can be due to several reasons. Find out the reason behind your pain to get back to a pain-free life sooner!


Possible Causes of Aching Legs in the Morning


Your achy legs in the morning can be due to pregnancy.


Pregnancy increases your body weight and blood volume. It adds pressure to your veins that play a role in carrying the blood from your lower limbs. The poor circulation on your lower extremities keeps the fluid in this area, causing achy legs.


Varicose Veins

If you have tired legs in the morning and have ugly worm-like veins appearing in your legs, it might be due to varicose veins. This condition happens when your veins expand or become swollen as they struggle to pump the blood away from your legs.


Plantar Fasciitis

Those painful legs in the morning are probably due to Plantar Fasciitis. With this condition, the pain occurs as soon as you get out of bed and happens when the ligament called the plantar fascia becomes irritated. Stabbing pain around the heel is the sign that your aching legs are due to Plantar Fasciitis in the morning.


Plantar Fasciitis commonly occurs in the morning but can also attack at other times of the day due to the decrease of the blood supply in the legs as you sleep.


Fallen Arches

Flat feet or fallen arches occur for various reasons. It can be due to obesity, arthritis or injuries. If you have flat feet, you will most likely feel some pain in the morning as you get out of bed, as your feet touch the ground and when you stand.


As the name implies, there’s a lack of arch under the feet if you have this condition. As a result, your sole will directly touch the ground, resulting in the heel and the arch’s swelling.


Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis is the most common reason for joint pain and may even lead to deformity. If you’re suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, besides pain, you’ll feel that your feet are stiff. Walking will be difficult for you.


Bone Spurs

Another reason for your aching legs in the morning is the abnormal bone growth in your feet, particularly the heel area. This abnormal bone growth might rub into the other parts of your feet, such as the nerves or tissues, causing the pain.


How Do I Stop Waking Up With Sore Feet?

Without proper diagnosis, it is difficult to know the best treatment for your aching legs in the morning. But you can alleviate the pain by doing one of the following:


You should consult your podiatrist first before doing any of these temporary remedies, as some of them might worsen your condition. For example, warm water foot baths might worsen varicose veins as heat can dilate the blood vessels, increasing the swelling and blood flow in the area.


Therefore, it is always best to consult your podiatrist first and receive proper recommendations.



We know how debilitating aching legs are in the morning. It affects your performance at work, or it may also demotivate you to perform at your best potential.


Do not self-medicate. You will risk wasting your money on a treatment that won’t do you any good or might even make your condition worse.


Go to the Footwork Clinic and get an assessment. Receive a proper diagnosis and treatment, and you will find yourself getting back on your feet, performing the activities you used to do.


Director | Rehabilitation or Rehab / Sports Podiatrist,

Foot Mobilisation & Trigenics® Lower Limb Practitioner, Movement Restoration Coach (MRC™), Strength and Conditioning Coach

Is Pain Impacting Your Life?

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The Footwork Clinic, situated in Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD, is there to help should you have an injury or condition that you think would benefit from heat or ice treatment. They offer advanced manual therapies and a holistic and corrective care approach, with a proven track record of success in resolving acute and chronic conditions, and they will gladly offer advice to get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible.

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The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment.

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