FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN OVERVIEW:
The foot and ankle is a complex joint, comprising of 33 joints and 26 bones. There are therefore many types of foot and ankle pain and it is important to correctly identify which you are suffering from in order to get your results.
Causes of foot and ankle pain: ligament sprains, muscle strains and tears, gout, policemans’ heel, plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, Morton’s Neuroma, achilles tendoniosis, hammer toe, and more.
WHAT CAUSES FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN?
Here are some common causes of foot and ankle pain:
- Sporting injuries
- Poor spinal alignment
- Incorrect footwear (high heels)
- Poor knee/hip alignment
- Poor running technique
- Repetitive strain injuries
Once other diseases and conditions have been ruled out, the most common type of foot/ankle pain we see in our practice is mechanical in nature. Meaning pain and dysfunction caused from poor spinal or other bone alignment, and muscular imbalances.
Poor alignment, especially in the low back, pelvis and knee can contribute to foot and ankle pain. If you have poor alignment/posture, it places significantly more pressure on the joints, muscles and ligaments of your foot and ankle.
MASK THE SYMPTOMS or CORRECT THE CAUSE?
There are two ways you can go about fixing foot and ankle pain:
1. MASK THE SYMPTOMS:
Mask the symptoms of foot and ankle pain through medication, or ‘quick fix’ methods. Sure, this will help remove the immediate pain you are experiencing, however, it is not correcting the underlying cause of the problem, your spinal alignment.
The problem is likely to return.
Many people spend lots of time and money addressing the pain without ever addressing the cause of foot and ankle pain. They have many bouts of foot and ankle pain throughout their life. As they age, the duration and severity of their foot and ankle pain tends to increase.
2. CORRECT THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM:
Instead of just masking the symptoms as they appear, you can look for what is causing the foot and ankle pain and resolve that issue.
Imagine having a stone in your shoe. It would cause pain every time you step on it. You could mask the pain by taking a panadol, putting a band-aid on your wound or wear some thick socks while you walk. Or, your could remove the stone. Chiropractic’s focus is ‘removing the stone.’
The ‘stone’ in the case of foot and ankle pain is often poor spinal or other bone alignment/poor posture. This is especially true in the low back, pelvis, hip and knee.
HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN?
At Proactive Health Chiropractic, we take a holistic approach to helping you overcome foot and ankle pain. We assess not just your foot/ankle but your entire body as a whole. We also look at what factors in your lifestyle have lead you to this point and help you remove these things (e.g incorrect footwear).
We help through assessing and correcting your posture. Your posture is your spinal alignment, how well your spinal bones balance. By correcting your alignment, this takes pressure off the muscles, ligaments, discs, and nerves of the low back, pelvis, hip, knee and ultimately your foot/ankle.
Much like removing the stone from your shoe. Once the stone is gone, the wound will heal.
Correcting your spinal alignment with chiropractic care helps you get relief of foot and ankle pain as well as preventing the problem from returning in the future.
By ensuring your spine has great alignment it also takes pressure off your nervous system. Your nervous system is responsible for sending and receiving messages from your brain and body. A clear communication pathway between the brain and body allows your body to heal and function at its very best.
OUR CHIROPRACTIC METHOD:
Our chiropractic method, Advanced Bio-structural Correction (ABC) focuses on correcting spinal alignment and posture for people of all ages. Thus, helping you get fast results with foot and ankle pain, while preventing the problem from returning again in the future.
Even after the first ABC adjustment, people will often notice improvements in their posture and breathing.
To read more about ABC, click here.