The Game's Afoot!
By Krista Elliott
Oh, your poor, abused feet. Your feet tend to be the most overworked and neglected part of your body. And yet, your feet are a marvel of engineering, with 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments, all combining to create the perfect structure to support your weight and propel you in whichever direction you wish to go.
So with all of this intricacy and all of this abuse, it's really no wonder that so many people develop problems with their feet. And it's also no wonder that with all of those joints, chiropractic adjustment of the foot can help to alleviate a wide range of conditions.
What Are Some Common Foot Conditions?
Flat Feet: Some people have flat feet from a very young age, while other people develop them with age and wear (hence the term "fallen arches"). Flat feet support your weight unevenly, resulting in extra force and strain on your knees, hips and back.
Cuboid Syndrome: This is a lesser-known but still very common foot condition. It's caused by subluxation of the cuboid bone in the foot, which is located at the outside edge of the foot, about halfway down the length of the foot. This can cause pain on the outside of the foot that does not ease with rest.
Ankle Sprains: Ankle sprains are extremely common. However, what isn't commonly known is that as with the rest of the body, any damage to muscles, tendons or ligaments can cause subluxations in the joints.
Bunions: These large bumps on the inside of the foot, under the big toe joint, can be very uncomfortable. They are usually caused by wearing shoes that taper in at the toe, putting the large toe out of alignment.
Plantar Fasciitis: This is when the large strip of fascia (connective tissue) that runs down the bottom of the foot becomes tight and inflamed. Pain is normally felt on the bottom of the foot, near the heel. It is worst in the morning upon waking up, and tends to improve during the day.
Can Chiropractic Care Help Your Feet?
Chiropractic care, such as the care you receive at The Joint Chiropractic, can be an effective way to treat foot pain and foot disorders. Adjustments to the joints of the foot can help to keep the foot in as optimal a position as possible, helping to relieve pain and reduced function of the foot. When you visit The Joint, the doctor will assess your feet, stance and gait, to determine how best to treat your feet.
So give your barking dogs a break and treat them right, with chiropractic care from The Joint.