Question by Princess Savage: Sore feet when I wake up?
Every day when I wake up, I have pain in the arch and balls of my feet
I have an extremely high arch (no part of my arch touches the floor – my foot print is basically heel and toes) and I do get pain in it a lot ( it’s like a this line of pain along the highest part of my arch directed from my heel to big toes that makes it hurt when I hav to do the rolling through part of walking). The pain in balls of feet happens every day no matter which shoes I wear the day before (in fact, my feet hurt less after a day of wearing heels).
My feet are pretty stong thanks to ballet for 8 years but I know it’s not caused by ballet because even during 6 weeks summer break from dance, the pain is still as persistent as ever.
My doctor said it’s just because of my high arches and there’s nothing that can be done but I don’t know whether to get a second opinion – what do you think?
Answer by Frodo
From your description I think you may be suffering from a condition called”Plantar Fasciitis”.
And that’s because you have pain when getting up in the morning.
In order to provide you with the best possible assistance, please answer these short questions.
1) Do you have some pain in the heel of the foot as well?
2) Is there any redness or swelling visible?
3) Does the pain go away after resting?
4) Does it also hurt when you are not standing/walking?
5) Is it sensitive to the touch?
6) What kind of shoes you usually wear?
7) Did you start any sports activities lately (besides dancing)?
Here are some suggestions for things you can do right now.
* Ice your arches and foot at least 4 times a day – You can roll a frozen bottle on the floor with your foot.
* Buy off the shelf gel inserts that you can wear in your shoes.
* Stretch your legs and feet before activity or before getting out of bed in the morning.
* Avoid wearing “cheap” shoes like flip flops – they provide no support for your arches
Again, if you can answer my questions above I will be able to help you further.
You can write to me directly if you prefer, my email is in my profile.
Good luck and feel better!
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