Foot pain can cause you to modify the way you walk, which in turn, places significant stresses on the knees, hips, spine and pelvis. Your body has to compensate and this can lead to limited movement in other regions of the skeleton. Your feet are composed of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and blood vessels. Most importantly for the knee, hip, spine and pelvis, the foot absorbs shock. Both the foot and ankle must provide shock absorption while at the same time balance the body.
They support your body weight and make it possible to walk, run, stand and jump. Therefore, dysfunction at the feet may have serious, consequences for the ankles, knees, hips and the entire spine.
If you have ever twisted your ankle, you might still have some weakness, which could still be causing problems. The most common injury to the ankle is turning it in, such as when wearing high heels and turning it over by stepping on a stone or the edge of a curb.
Occasionally the end of the bone on the outside of the ankle breaks but more often the ligaments of the ankle on the front and side get torn and produce massive swelling and bruising. It can take 4 to 6 weeks to recover from the immediate injury but, the ligaments very rarely repair satisfactorily and often become full of scar tissue, which is not elastic. This increases the likelihood of rolling over again and several further sprains. Such repeated traumas will influence the mechanics of the ankle and cause problems in the joint and the structures above, such as the knee and spine. These usually tend to become obvious after jogging or long walks, especially on uneven ground, but as the symptoms may be in a distant joint, you do not necessarily think of that old ankle injury being the origin of it. Chiropractic treatment at Emerald Coast Chiropractic can help to prevent chronic and recurrent problems.
At Emerald Coast Chiropractic, we can employ several types of therapy, including soft tissue manipulation, vibration therapy, cold laser, electrical muscle stimulation, kinesio taping, orthotics, and adjusting of the foot and lower extremities. We have had excellent results working on patient’s feet, treating such conditions as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and ankle sprains. The feet are the foundation for the rest of the body, so if foot dysfunction can be corrected, the rest of the body has a better chance of obtaining long lasting results.
Give us a call if you have questions about your foot problems and if we can help.
Ken Whidden, DC
Emerald Coast Chiropractic