Foot pain is a common complaint that can stop exercise and activities in its tracks. Repetitive motions like running, and poor-fitting shoes are often the culprit. In some cases, it can be difficult to pinpoint a clear cause of pain. The first step to recovery is to identify where and what type of pain you are experiencing.
ARCH PAIN (PLANTAR FASCIITIS)
Plantar Fasciitis is a frequent source of pain near the heel or the inside of the foot, The pain is often worse in the morning when taking your first few steps after waking. The pain is commonly described as an intense burning or stabbing sensation. This is most frequently seen in patients who are 40-60 years old, who are runners, who are overweight, or who spend an excessive amount of time on their feet.
Metatarsalgia is a condition that results in pain in the ball of the foot, just behind your middle toes. It may feel like a bruise, be sharp, aching, or burning and is likely worse when you stand or walk, particularly barefooted on a hard surface. It generally is not bothersome while at rest. Patients who are particularly at risk for the development of metatarsalgia are those who are runners, who are overweight, have high arches, or wear improperly fitting shoes. Stress fractures may also lead to this form of pain, as can a condition known as Morton’s neuroma, a non-cancerous growth of fibrous tissue.
As the name would suggest, heel spurs may be the source of foot pain in the heel area. These spurs are actually calcium deposits that lead to a bone-like protrusion on the underside of the heel. In some cases, a heel spur may cause no pain at all. In others, they are not only uncomfortable but may lead to the development of other issues such as plantar fasciitis. Like most other foot problems, the risk factors include being a runner, being overweight, and poorly fitted shoes. Additionally, gait abnormalities and medical conditions such as diabetes may be contributing factors.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE AS TREATMENT
In many of these cases, a chiropractor can help treat your foot pain. Chiropractic techniques, therapeutic exercises and specially designed orthotics can help keep you moving without discomfort. They can also instruct you in effective at-home therapies to hinder the development of painful symptoms in the future. To learn more about how a chiropractor can help, contact us at Velocity Chiropractic + Rehab, and request a consultation.