The foot is the foundation of the body and movement of the lower extremity. The foot is made up of numerous small bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Any of these, when placed under stress, can create pain.
Common Conditions Leading to Foot Pain
Foot pain can be caused by numerous conditions.
- Morton’s neuroma presents with numbness and pain between the toes caused by a thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerve.
- Gout is a common condition especially in older males. This presents with red, swollen and tender joints, especially at the base of the big toe.
- Plantar Fasciitis; another foot condition causing pain, develops on the sole of the foot. Irritation to the plantar fascia running from the base of the heel to the toes.
- Arthritis is also a common culprit of foot pain. There are various different forms of arthritis that can lead to changes in the structure of the foot.
- Your Achilles tendon is located on the back of the heel and foot. This tendon attaches the muscles of the calf to the base of the foot. This tendon, when overused or over-stretched can result in small tears and inflammation, which is known as tendonitis.
- Pain in the middle of the foot is known as metatarsalgia. This typically emerges from defective foot functioning, overuse of the joints in the foot or loss of fat pad in the sole of the foot.
- It is also possible to develop a pinched nerve in the foot, known as tarsal tunnel syndrome. Patients experience burning, shooting pain into the foot and toes. It starts at the inside of the ankle; where the nerve is being entrapped, and radiates to the arch and sole of the foot.
- Patients who wear improper fitting shoes develop a higher risk for all types of foot pain. These shoes could be high heels, worn out shoes, ill-fitting shoes, shoes with too little or too much arch support, and shoes with little or no support around the entire shoe.
How We Can Help
We use state-of-the-art scanning technology to measure nervous system function and progress throughout a patients care. This scanning technology allows use to see what root causes are contributing to the patients symptoms. The scans are done during the first visit for every patient as well as at the end of treatment plans to compare and demonstrate changes that were made during their care. In addition, the initial consultation includes a detailed history and chiropractic examination. The history includes any past illnesses or problems experienced, the details of the current complaint, and social and family health. During the chiropractic examination a series of tests are performed for specific areas of the body; including the spine and any extremities deemed necessary by one of our chiropractors.
Our chiropractors use specialized techniques with an emphasis on SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique). Other techniques include Diversified, Gonstead and CMRT (Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique). Our doctors also have a background in soft tissue techniques (massage therapy) and training in fascial movement taping. Our client demographic is very diverse including families, pregnant women, infants/toddlers and athletes of all ages. Our athletes vary from young athletes, weekend warriors, college athletes and professional competing athletes.