It is common for people to accept foot pain as a normal part of life without understanding what can be done to treat it. Foot pain suffers many times feel as though that’s the way their feet are and they just need to learn to live with the pain.
Foot pain sufferers have attempted to resolve their foot problems on their own by purchasing and using a variety of different shoe inserts. Many times these shoe inserts are purchased over the counter from drug stores or get a custom orthotic from a chiropractor or podiatrist. The second option is by far better, the drug store brands often make the pain worse by supporting in the wrong areas or being poorly made.
Custom made orthotics and over the counter shoe inserts simply act as a band-aid to support the foot and provide a cushioned surface. Sometimes this band-aid approach will provide relief although not fully correcting the problem. You should seek a consultation with your chiropractor in order to evaluate if you need to do anything else to correct the foot pain. Most foot pain is related to an abnormality in the alignment of the 26 foot bones. The best solution will be one that directly address and corrects the foot bone misalignments. The best solution to improving the healthy alignment of the foot bones is accomplished using a specific joint manipulation.
Causes of Foot Pain
Bottom of Foot Pain
Bottom of foot pain can be related to several different factors depending on the exact location of the pain. Other factors include type of footwear, activities and hobbies, age, weight, and overall health. Some of the more common bottom of foot pain conditions include plantar fasciitis, heel spur syndrome and metatarsalgia. Most of these conditions can be alleviated with chiropractic manipulation.
Side of Foot Pain
Foot pain can be present at several locations on either the inside or outside of the foot and/or ankle. In most cases these pain symptoms are related to some mechanical stress or misalignment of one or more of the 26 foot bones. People who run or are active on their feet often complain of pain on the side of their foot. Another common cause of pain on the side of the foot is from improperly fitted shoes. Some common conditions that are related to side of foot pain are: bunions, tailor’s bunion, ankle stress or ankle sprains, flat feet, or tendonitis.
Back of the Foot Pain / Back of Heel Pain
The most common condition that affects the back of the foot is known as Achilles tendonitis. This condition occurs when there has been a great amount of stress and strain on the Achilles tendon due to various activities and abnormal movements of the foot, ankle and leg. A misalignment or mechanical dysfunction of the hind foot will generally be present when a person is suffering from this condition. This painful condition may have developed due to repetitive movements of the foot and/or ankle over an extended period of time.
Ball of Foot Pain
The ball of the foot is that area on the under surface of the foot where the toes join to the metatarsals. If one or more of the metatarsal bones become misaligned this can alter your gait. People suffering from this type of pain will many times report that it feels like there’s a lump or pressure under that portion of their foot when they stand or walk. Ball of foot pain is commonly referred to as Metatarsalgia. There are other reasons for this type of pain such as stress fracture, improperly sized shoes or from wearing high-heel shoes.
Top of Foot Pain
Top of foot pain is not as common but it can be equally as debilitating. People with flat feet may tend to experience an irritation to the joints between the foot bones on the top surface of those joints. As a result they may complain of pain and discomfort on the top of their foot. High arched feet can also develop stress and result in pain on the top of the foot, however this is usually do to tensed or strained tendons that pass over that area. In both cases the underlying cause of the top of foot pain is related to a mechanical dysfunction or misalignment of the bones in the foot.
Common Foot & Leg Conditions Treated by your Chiropractor:
- Planter Fasciitis
- Heel Pain
- Heel Spur Syndrome
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ankle Sprains
- Ankle Pain
- Ball of Foot Pain
- Morton's Neuroma
- Flat Feet
- Over Pronation
- High Arches
- Shin Splints
- Compartment Syndrome
- Knee Pain
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