Two simple exercises to reverse foot pain. Arch support is not the answer for weak arches. Foot strength is. Think about it: every muscle of your body needs to be strong and flexible. Wearing arch supporting shoes all the time is similar to wearing a back brace too much ... it weakens your feet. Practice these exercises 2 to 3 times a day for a few minutes for one year and you will cure bunions, plantar fasciitis, and hammer toes. Just play with your feet using these exercises and you will not only save your feet but you will create a strong foundation for your knees, hips, back, etc!! Get your feet a chiropractic adjustment regularly and your feet will thank you even faster! Schedule online now at www.ChiroKelley.com
Foot and/or leg pain - even without back pain - can be caused by pressure at the nerve roots of the lumbar spine.
See the "Dermatome Maps" of the foot and leg below. The L5 vertebra is associated with L5 nerve root that feeds that area of the leg and foot. Etc. S1 is the first sacral nerve root. You see that L5 and S1 nerve root pressure can effect the bottom of the foot and parts of the leg. Note there is variation from person to person as far as exactly where each nerve maps to.
To address foot pain the originates in the back, I adjust the pelvis and spine, traction the lumbar discs to pull fluid and nutrition in and also teach home exercises to stretch the disc and strengthen the core muscles.
To address foot pain that originates in the foot, I adjusted the feet, teach foot exercises to strengthen and stretch the foot and also recommend yoga sandals.
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As with the rest of the skeletal system, the joints of the feet can become stuck in an abnormal position. This changes the biomechanics of the foot, causing pain. My patients frequently report a dramatic decrease in foot pain after just a few adjustments. The good news is foot joints usually stabilize very quickly and don't need a lot of chiropractic care. Even one or two visits can make a dramatic difference.
In the past, I have adjusted a patient's feet only if they complained of foot pain. But I noticed last year that patients who received a foot adjustment needed fewer knee, hip and spinal adjustments! A light bulb went on. Of course! The feet are the foundation for everything above! So now I check every patient's feet, on every visit.
Chiropractic is not what people usually turn to for foot pain...but perhaps they should! When people think about foot health, they normally look to good shoes with strong arch support. But really this is like wearing a back brace all the time; it weakens the arches of the feet causing them to fall even further than before. Just as any other muscles needs exercise, so do the foot muscles. Arch weakness can lead to hammer toes, plantar fascitis, heel spurs, achilles tendonitis and other foot pain. Women often cram their feet into shoes forcing the toes together. This weakens the muscles that spread the toes, eventually causing the large and/or small toes to turn inward causing bunions. To address foot strength, I often recommend yoga sandals along with chiropractic care.
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Yoga Sandals for Foot Strength
A number of years ago, a 76 year old female patient taught me about yoga sandals. Her hammer toes were completely resolved simply by walking in them regularly. I was amazed and after doing some research I learned that yoga sandals spread your toes and as you walk in them you strengthen the muscles of your feet including the arches.
I don't sell yoga sandals, but I have been recommending them for several years to my patients. My patients report that they love yoga sandals and find them comfortable. Best of all, yoga sandals along with chiropractic care dramatically reduces foot pain by keeping the feet strong. They come in women's and men's sizes and are quite stable to walk in. I can even run after my dog while wearing them! For about $35 per pair, I consider them a great investment in the health of your feet.
Below: A patient testimonial describing how wearing yoga sandals a few times per week for 1 to 1.5 years cured a bunion.
Heel Pain / Plantar Fascitis / Plantar Fasciosis
The most common cause of foot pain in the heel and foot pain in the arch. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick fibrous band of tissue that connects from your heel to your toes (plantar facsia) becomes weak, irritated or swollen. Foot muscle imbalance can also cut off the blood supply to tendons causing cell death or plantar fasciosis. It has been reported that plantar fasciitis occurs in two million Americans a year and 10% of the population over a lifetime.
Cause: Foot muscle weakness and imbalance. Several causes including wearing shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out.
A pathological bump on the side of the big toe caused by an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint. With a bunion, you may experience irritated skin around the bunion, pain when walking, joint redness and pain, and possible shift of the big toe toward the other toes. Blisters may form more easily around the site of the bunion as well.
Cause: Weak abductor and adductor muscles on the inside and outside of the foot. Depending on factors such as duration of wearing constraining footwear, skeletal maturity, and individual factors, the toes can become adapted to the new position and lead to the deformity we know as a bunion. Genetics can also play a role in developing bunions.
An imbalance in the long bones of the foot that can cause extreme foot pain in the ball of feet.
Cause: Sports that place tremendous pounding on the ball of the foot; shoes with small toe boxes that cramp your toes.
Most, if not all, of the above foot pain issues can arise by not wearing proper shoes and not using preventative steps in foot care.
Corns & Callouses
The sides or corners of the toenail usually curve down and put pressure on the skin. Sometimes the toenail pierces the skin and then continues to grow into the skin. This may cause redness, swelling, pain and sometimes infection.
Cause: Many factors can cause ingrown toenails, one being tight or narrow shoes (poorly fitted shoes)
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