Foot Pain Q & Aby Ellen Bialo, DC
What are the most common causes of foot pain?
The foot contains more than two dozen bones and many joints, not to mention muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and blood vessels, and a problem in any of these areas can result in debilitating foot pain. Many types of foot pain occur as a result of injury, strain, ill-fitting shoes, fallen arches, arthritis or irritation and inflammation. Many foot problems develop when the pelvis is not properly aligned, resulting in a leg length discrepancy that can result in uneven weight distribution, as well as strain on muscles and joints. Foot problems become more common with the passage of time as wear daily and tear take their toll.
How does chiropractic care address foot pain?
Non-force chiropractic adjustments of the spine and pelvis can eliminate leg length discrepancies and rebalance the forces exerted on the legs and feet. Plus, chiropractic can also address foot pain that occurs as a result of pain radiating from the spine, including sciatica. When foot issues require more focused and localized treatment, referrals can be made to a podiatrist for additional care, or to an orthopedist to obtain custom orthotics aimed at providing added support for the feet and the spine.
What should I do to prevent or lessen foot pain on my own?
Be sure to wear supportive footwear whenever possible and avoid high heels at all costs. Exercise your feet by gently flexing and stretching them, especially when standing or even sitting for long periods of time. Keep feet flexible with regular chiropractic checkups to ensure joints and soft tissues are as healthy and unrestricted as possible.