Millions of people suffer unnecessarily every day with debilitating foot pain. In fact it is common for people to accept foot pain as a normal part of life. 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.
For decades, foot pain sufferers have attempted to resolve their foot problems by purchasing and using a variety of different shoe inserts. Many times these shoe inserts are purchased over the counter or from specialty stores; whereas other foot pain suffers will even go so far as to see a foot doctor to get custom fitted orthotics to wear inside their shoes.
While wearing a good pair of shoe inserts isn’t a bad idea it will rarely correct the actual underlying problem causing a person’s foot condition. 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 but many times it’s a futile attempt as shoe inserts will often fail to provide the long-term relief that they had promised.
You might ask yourself, “If shoe inserts don’t correct the underlying cause, then what is the solution to really getting to the actual problem that is causing the foot pain”? Is it surgery? Is it injections? Is it medications? The answer to all of those questions is no. Surgery, injections and medications will generally not fix the problem either. In fact, with surgery especially there are numerous risks that you will need to consider. So then what is the solution to actually correct the underlying cause of your foot condition and pain?
Because 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 procedure by a trained expert. Chiropractic Hand & Foot Clinics of America provides a fellowship training program for a small number of chiropractors across the nation. The treatments provided by a Chiropractic Hand & Foot Clinics of America doctor, is far superior to other conservative treatments.
Your Chiropractic Hand & Foot Clinics of America doctor is a trained expert in performing specific, gentle adjustments to the 26 bones of the foot. Many people are familiar with chiropractic care as it relates to the spine, however, the idea of having your foot adjusted is a whole new concept to most. With standard chiropractic practices a chiropractor will improve a patient’s back pain condition by administering a gentle, specific adjustment to a misaligned vertebra. Similarly a Chiropractic Hand & Foot Clinics of America doctor will provide their foot pain patients with a gentle, specific adjustment to the misaligned foot bones thus providing the patient with relief. Because the chiropractor is actually improving the alignment of the foot bones it is truly getting to the root cause of the problem.
Bottom of foot pain can be related to several different factors depending on the 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.
The ball of the foot is that area on the under surface of the foot where the toes join to the long bones (or metatarsals). This is a common area that can become irritated or injured and develop pain. There are a few main reasons or causes for most cases of pain in the ball of the foot. If one or more of the metatarsal bones become misaligned this can alter the foot’s ability to naturally distribute weight during the gait cycle (walking cycle). People suffering from this type of pain will many times report that it feels like there’s a lump 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 is not as common as pain on the bottom of the foot 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.
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 of the side of the foot is from shoes that are too tight and cause a constricting pressure on either side of the forefoot. This can cause pain at either the big toe are or the outside of the fifth toe.
Some common conditions that are related to side of foot pain are: bunions, tailor’s bunion, ankle stress or ankle sprains, flat feet, and possibly even tendonitis. When the foot bones lose their healthy alignment it will lead to an increase in stress to the foot bones and joints as well as significant stress to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot.
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. Many times the patient will report having had a prior history of an ankle or sprain to the foot, possibly even months or years prior to the achilles tendonitis developing. Other times this painful condition may have developed due to repetitive movements of the foot and/or ankle over an extended period of time.
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