Almost everyone has experienced pain in one part of the feet or another. Whereas as some foot pain might be due to injury and seems mild, there are those of us who have severe occurrences of foot pain. The average person will make upwards of 10,000 steps in a day; if we have injury, then this can hinder our movements significantly. More than 70% of Americans miss out on exercise because they suffer with foot pain. Not surprisingly, these statistics usually go in tandem with obesity rates.
What is foot pain and what are its symptoms?
It is stated that more than 75% of Americans will experience foot pain at one point or another. This usually happens because we hurt ourselves while performing some activity. Foot pain does not necessarily happen right when we hurt ourselves, however. It can also present itself before, during or after an activity. According to WebMD, “Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia, a band of tough tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes, becomes irritated or inflamed. Heel pain, worst in the morning when getting out of bed, is the most common symptom. Arch pain may also be present.”
What causes foot pain?
The list of causes of foot pain is quite extensive. It includes poorly fitting shoes, injury, overuse of feet, Achilles tendonitis, bone spurs, a broken toe (ankle or foot), bunions, bursitis, corns or calluses, diabetic neuropathy, flat feet, gout, hammertoe and/or mallet toe, ingrown toenails, plantar warts, plantar fasciitis, poor posture, rheumatoid arthritis, stress fractures and tarsal tunnel syndrome… the list goes on!
How Foot Pain is usually diagnosed and treated
A doctor will make a diagnosis upon evaluating various signs or symptoms. He will also take into account the patient’s medical history and activity evaluation. Where the underlying cause is not noticeable, doctors will incorporate the use of x-rays, CT scans or MRIs. Once this is done, patients will either need surgery, if it is severe, or a less drastic solution. Dr. Holly often asks patients who suffer with foot pain to change their footwear, take supplements that reduce inflammation, or use shoe inserts.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat foot pain?
With the body relying totally on the feet to carry our weight and keep us balanced, a foot injury can be devastating. An injury to the ankle can make the joints weak and tender; it might even have long-term consequences. These areas might not return to proper function, which is why people seek chiropractic care from professionals like Dr. Holly to strengthen their feet and help them regain proper use.
Dr. Holly has helped many people overcome issues with foot pain, and we would love to help you too! Call us at 980.422.2000 to schedule an appointment.
During your first visit, Dr. Holly will perform X-rays, as well as a physical examination to find out what areas of your spine and nervous system might be contributing to your condition. We advise that patients not stop taking their prescribed medications during treatment, until given the okay by Dr. Holly or their primary physician.
Not sure if Queen City Health Center is the right option to assist you with your foot pain? Dr. Holly offers FREE 15-minute phone consultations to all curious patients who are interested in learning more about how chiropractic care can help. If you’d like to have a brief conversation with the doc, fill out the form on this page, and we will call you to set that up!
Dr. Holly provides the best holistic chiropractic care to patients in Charlotte who are suffering from a variety of conditions, and has helped many people get off of their medications. We would love to help you too! Visit us today, and find out why she’s the best chiropractor Charlotte NC has to offer.