Foot Pain Treatment is provided at Zaker Chiropractic
Of the 200 bones found within the human body, nearly 1/4 of them reside in the feet. The human foot is an incredibly complex part of the body consisting of many tiny bones, tendons, muscles, and ligaments that must work together in harmony. Our feet are responsible for providing mobility, and if they become injured our day to day activities are compromised. Damage to the bones can be a result of an injury or chronic condition, but can easily be treated with chiropractic care.
Although small in comparison to the entire body, painful feet can completely debilitate a person. Many common conditions can cause a significant amount of pain, making walking uncomfortable or even impossible. These conditions can develop over time, or be the result of a direct injury to the foot.
Metatarsalgia is extremely common in runners or dancers and affects the ball of the foot. Patients that wear high heel shoes daily, or wear shoes that do not fit well, are also subject to this condition. Simple ice, rest, and elevation can usually help cure metatarsalgia, and symptoms commonly improve within a few days or weeks.
If you happen to land on something hard or sharp when you come down from a tall height it is possible to develop a stone bruise. This injury typically occurs in the heel region, and can create a painful sensation. Stone bruises can make it feel like you have a stone stuck in the bottom of your shoe, or just under your foot. While painful, this is not a serious injury and can usually be corrected with chiropractic care.
One common type of tendonitis in the foot is posterior tibialis tendonitis. This is when the main tendon that extends from the inner leg down to the arch in the foot, becomes irritated from overuse. Tendonitis can create a painful sensation and make it difficult to walk. Most often, physical therapy and exercise is recommended to relieve pain. Strengthening and stretching exercise techniques can help eliminate painful tendonitis.
Plantar fasciitis is an extremely common source of foot pain. Typically, pain is felt in the heel area and can extend toward the toes. The plantar fascia, a tenon located in the foot, can swell and become irritated, making it feel as though you are being stabbed in the foot. People most commonly report that pain is worse in the morning when they first wake up. This condition is easily treated by a chiropractor through the use of different non-invasive treatment techniques.
Common Foot Pain Symptoms
Foot pain symptoms can gradually develop, or can be a result of a sudden injury. If your symptoms last longer than 48 hours, you should seek medical attention. A chiropractor will be able to perform a full evaluation to diagnose and create a treatment plan to help alleviate symptoms. Common foot pain symptoms include:
- Numbness or tingling
- Burning sensation throughout the bottom of the foot
- Pain in the ball of the foot, heel, or toes
- Pain while walking
Foot Pain Treatment Options
Depending on the severity of your injury or condition, a chiropractor will help identify the correct foot pain treatment. Together with your chiropractor, you will create a customized treatment plan that is unique to your injury and your overall health goals.
- Chiropractic - Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive way to successfully treat foot pain. Typically, chiropractic treatment involves either manual manipulation of the joints and bones, or instrument adjustments. The treatment type recommended depends on the condition causing the pain, severity of the symptoms, and overall personal preference. Manual adjustments involve rapid movements to move the bones of the foot back into alignment. Instrument adjustments use very specific handheld instruments to perform the adjustments without the twisting and thrusting involved with manual adjustments.
- Massage - Massage is commonly used to treat soft tissue injuries or to help break up accumulated scar tissue. Medical massage involves targeting specific areas to help encourage blood flow to a specific area which can promote healing. Massage is particularly helpful when relieving pain associated with tendonitis or plantar fasciitis.
- Rest - Ultimately, resting a foot injury is one of the best remedies for pain. The foot has many intricate bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons which can become further damaged with movement. A doctor can help prescribe the right amount of rest needed to heal an injury. Too much rest can lead to muscle atrophy and loss of flexibility.
- Cryotherapy - While not a new medical technique, cryotherapy is just recently being used to help treat foot pain. This treatment option is particularly successful in treating plantar fasciitis. The procedure involves using extreme cold to destroy damaged nerve fibers within the foot. In about a week, healthy new nerve fibers regenerate. This ultimately interrupts the pain signal being sent to the brain, eliminating painful plantar fasciitis.
Finding Foot Pain Doctor Near You
Finding a foot pain doctor can be challenging, but more often people are turning to chiropractic care. Not only is chiropractic care safe and effective, it is a non-invasive treatment option to relive painful symptoms. The team at Zaker Chiropractic is well versed in treating foot pain, and is here to help restore your mobility and quality of life. We have three convenient locations, dedicated to serving the residence of the Los Angeles area.
For more answers about how we can help you relieve pain without drugs or surgery, make an appointment with Zaker Chiropractic. Our chiropractors provide a wide variety of services to diagnose and treat your condition. Zaker Chiropractic has several locations to serve you. Call (949) 734-4454 for an appointment in Newport Pain & Wellness in Newport Beach, (424) 235-1562 for South Bay Pain & Wellness in Torrance, or (310) 831-0003 for an appointment with San Pedro Pain & Wellness in San Pedro. Each clinic offers a multidisciplinary list of services.
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