I am Dr. Pallavi Singh, Podiatrist. Now in my day-to-day practice that most of the patients come to me with the morning heel pain. So, in the medical term, we call it as planterphasitis. Now, what is it? When you get up in the morning, you put your feet on the surface, you will have sharp, shooting pain. But after walking for a minute or so, the pain reduces. This keeps on happening regularly. Now slowly and steadily, it becomes a chronic pain and it is irritable. The way to confirm is the physical examination depending upon your history and lifestyle activity. We can do the x-ray to see the problem whether it is major or not. After identifying your problem, whether you can be treated conservatively.
In conservative treatment, we recommend physiotherapy. We suggest you a lot of exercises to strengthen your muscles. And we ask you to change your footwear. Footwear is the major cause of foot pain. So, always by footwear as per your foot type. The person has a 3 different kind of ailments. People can have a normal arch, low arch, and high arch. The footwear industry makes shoes for all kind of foot types. So, you need to identify, what is your foot type and buy a shoe accordingly. Now you have tried the conservative treatment, physiotherapy, stretching, changing the shoe but still, you are feeling the pain. What should you do? We scan your foot, we see the aliment and then we make a customized sole. We can take a pre-fabricated sole and we can add wedges in the sole to get your angels right. Another thing we do is heat the sole and mold as per your arches.
If there is any problem in aliment with the midfoot level, you will get overstretching of this facia which is causing you the pain. So, we stabilize your feet comfortably. Now, when the feet are completely supported by the soles, the pressure on the facia releases and the healing process accelerated. So, with all exercises and stretching, this works better. I hope you understood what I was trying to explain to you but I will still advise you to go and talk to your therapist, orthopedical, family physician and understand what is the best line of the treatment for you. Your Dr knows you better. Don't take a call on yourself. Because if you have this planterphasitis issue, it might need a customized sole. We are always there to help you.