We all need our feet every day, so when foot pain occurs, it can be very disruptive. Dr. Lipman provides treatments to relieve foot pain from Physical Evidence Chiropractic in Boca Raton, Florida.
Foot Pain Q & A
by David Lipman, DC
What are the most common causes of foot pain?
Foot pain is a common complaint, becoming more common as people get older. Some of the most common causes of foot pain include:
- plantar fasciitis
- osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- neuromas and other nerve-related issues
- diseases that affect circulation, including diabetes
- heel spurs
- plantar warts
- bunions and hammertoes
- corns and calluses
- ingrown toenails
- fractures, sprains, and strains
- arch-related problems, including flat feet and “fallen” arches
- gait-related problems
- repetitive stress
- being obese or overweight
- shoes that do not fit properly or do not provide adequate support
Many causes of foot pain are related to injuries from slip-and-fall accidents or sports injuries, especially from sports that cause significant impact to the bottoms of the feet.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a strong band of supportive tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, from the base of the toes to the heel. Its function is to support the arch and bones of the middle section of the foot. When the plantar fascia becomes irritated or inflamed, it can cause pain across the bottom of the foot as well as painful symptoms centered in and around the heel. Plantar fasciitis also tends to develop in people who spend long periods of time standing on their feet each day. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis are often worse in the morning or after a long period of inactivity when the band of tissue has time to stiffen up. After movement, pain may resolve or lessen as tissues warm up and become more flexible, but the pain will return after another period of inactivity.
How can a chiropractor help relieve foot pain and the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Chiropractors can help relieve the pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis by optimizing the neural pathways in the feet, heels, and ankles, as well as improving circulation that is necessary to heal tissues that have become damaged due to persistent inflammation or constant pressure. Plus, chiropractic techniques are also aimed at reducing inflammation and swelling which can also compromise healing. Deep tissue manipulation and therapeutic massage can be used directly at the site of pain and inflammation to promote optimal healing for both immediate and long-term improvements.