Ankle Pain / Foot Pain



The foot is a very intricate structure with many causes of pain, so a proper diagnosis is critical for appropriate treatment. The following are common conditions that affect the foot:

  1. Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.Chiropractic foot adjustments with physical therapy will help the pain while a custom foot orthotic (insole) will support the arch, allowing for long-term plantar fasciitis relief.
  2. Heel Spur / Heel Pain: A calcaneal spur (or heel spur) is a small osteophyte (heel spur) located on the calcareous (heel bone). Calcaneal spurs are typically detected by an x-ray.When a foot bone is exposed to constant stress, calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heel bone where the plantar fascia inserts on the calcareous bone (heel bone)
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Ligament Sprains & Muscle Strains: Foot and ankle sprain/strains usually occur suddenly due to a rolled ankle or acute trauma. A foot or ankle ligament sprain occurs when ligaments that hold the bones together are overstretched and their fibers tear. This overstretching of the ligaments can lead to ligament laxity (looseness) and often leads to foot pain.
  4. Flat Feet: Many people have flat feet with little or no foot pain while many others experience severe pain. Patients with flat feet have a collapsed or no arch while standing. Flat feet can cause abnormal stress to the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back. This abnormal structure of the foot is the true cause of the problem and a custom foot orthotic may be the cure to support the arches of the feet.
  5. Tendonitis: Tendonitis involves the tendons of the feet becoming inflamed and irritated due to overuse. While many people associate tendonitis with injuries of the shoulder or elbow, tendonitis of the feet can be very problematic. In conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, patients often have pain that radiates into the calf and heel, and if left untreated, can actually rupture the tendon. Early diagnosis with specific chiropractic, physical therapy and orthotics are important for full and complete recovery.

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