Foot Conditions

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Foot Conditions

Millions of people suffer unnecessarily every day with debilitating foot pain. In fact, most foot pain suffers believe that it’s just the way their feet are and they must learn to live with the pain.

For decades, foot pain sufferers have tried to resolve their foot problems by using a variety of different orthotics or shoe inserts. Most of the time, the shoe inserts are purchased over the counter, with little to no expert advice on what you actually need. Often the use of the orthotic will over support your foot such that the muscles atrophy and weaken and remove all possibility of the foot to actually function as it was designed.

While wearing a good pair of orthotics or inserts isn’t a bad idea, it will rarely correct the actual underlying problem causing a person’s foot condition. Custom made orthotics and over the counter shoe inserts simply act as a band-aid to support the foot and provide a cushioned surface. Sometimes this band-aid approach will provide some relief but many times it’s a futile attempt.

The answer to solving your foot pain is the same as any problem you might encounter. You must solve the cause of the foot pain.

So, what is causing the foot pain?

Although in most case the actual cause involves many different factors. You must first look at how your foot is functioning. Is there a biomechanical problem with your foot or lower extremity? Have you lost the arch in your foot? Are the joints in your foot functioning or are they fixated or misaligned. Do you have a structural imbalance or muscle imbalance or muscle weakness in your foot? Is your foot problem a result of another issue? Is it a compensation for a pelvis, hip or low back problem? Do you have a weak core or imbalanced core? This is just a few of the many factors that can be involved.

Yes, foot pain is very commonly a result of another problem that causes you to compensate, similar to if the front end alignment of your car is out and you are wearing out your tires.

You might not know but you have 26 bones and 31 joints in your foot and even a small biomechanical problem or imbalance in the alignment or function of these bones and joints can cause significant problems with your foot, which eventually lead to your pain.

So, what is the best solution to your foot pain?

First, and most importantly, start with getting a thorough evaluation by a doctor that is trained to find the true cause.

Because most foot pain is related to a biomechanical problem with both your foot as well as all of the body structures that affect the foot. You must choose a doctor trained to evaluate you for abnormalities and imbalances in not only the entire low extremity, but also your pelvis and low back. The best evaluation can only be done by a professional that is trained to evaluate you from head to toe.

Why we are different.

The doctors here at Advanced Spinal Rejuvenation are trained to evaluate and treat each patient for their specific condition. We focus on finding the true cause and developing a treatment plan that will solve the problem long term.

Because biomechanical and functional conditions of the foot, lower extremity, upper extremity and spine affect the entire body. We develop a treatment plan to correct the biomechanics and imbalances of each area of the body as they relate to each other. Unlike most treatment approaches, our technique addresses all of the components necessary to correct the problem: bone, joint, ligament, tendon, muscle and fascia as well as the neurological involvement.

Common Foot & Leg Conditions Treated:

  • Planter Fasciitis
  • Heel Pain
  • Heel Spur Syndrome
  • Bottom of Foot Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Ankle Pain
  • Arch Pain
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Ball of Foot Pain
  • Bunions
  • Tailor's Bunions (Bunionette)
  • Hammertoe
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Generalized Foot Pain
  • Flat Feet
  • Over Pronation
  • High Arches
  • Sever's Disease
  • Haglund's Deformity
  • Shin Splints
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Knee Pain

Common Areas of Foot Pain

Bottom of Foot Pain / Heel Pain

Bottom of foot pain can be related to several different factors depending on the location of the pain. Other factors include type of footwear, activities and hobbies, age, weight, and overall health. Some of the more common bottom of foot pain conditions include plantar fasciitis, heel spur syndrome and metatarsalgia. Pelvic and low back imbalances are very often involved.

Ball of Foot Pain

The ball of the foot is that area on the under surface of the foot where the toes join to the long bones (or metatarsals). This is a common area that can become irritated or injured and develop pain. There are a few main reasons or causes for most cases of pain in the ball of the foot. If one or more of the metatarsal bones become misaligned this can alter the foot’s ability to naturally distribute weight during the gait cycle (walking cycle). People suffering from this type of pain will many times report that it feels like there’s a lump under that portion of their foot when they stand or walk. Ball of foot pain is commonly referred to as Metatarsalgia. There are other reasons for this type of pain such as stress fracture, improperly sized shoes or from wearing high-heel shoes. Hip, pelvic and low back imbalances are very often involved.

Top of Foot Pain

Top of foot pain is not as common as pain on the bottom of the foot but it can be equally as debilitating. People with flat feet may tend to experience an irritation to the joints between the foot bones on the top surface of those joints. As a result they may complain of pain and discomfort on the top of their foot. High arched feet can also develop stress and result in pain on the top of the foot, however this is usually do to tensed or strained tendons that pass over that area. In both cases the underlying cause of the top of foot pain is related to a mechanical dysfunction or misalignment of the bones in the foot.

Side of Foot Pain

Foot pain can be present at several locations on either the inside or outside of the foot and/or ankle. In most cases these pain symptoms are related to some mechanical stress or misalignment of one or more of the 26 foot bones. People who run or are active on their feet often complain of pain on the side of their foot. Another common cause of pain of the side of the foot is from shoes that are too tight and cause a constricting pressure on either side of the forefoot. This can cause pain at either the big toe are or the outside of the fifth toe.

Some common conditions that are related to side of foot pain are: bunions, tailor’s bunion, ankle stress or ankle sprains, flat feet, and possibly even tendonitis. When the foot bones lose their healthy alignment it will lead to an increase in stress to the foot bones and joints as well as significant stress to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot.

Back of the Foot Pain / Back of Heel Pain

The most common condition that affects the back of the foot is known as Achilles tendonitis. This condition occurs when there has been a great amount of stress and strain on the Achilles tendon due to various activities and abnormal movements of the foot, ankle, lower leg, hip, pelvis and low back. A misalignment or mechanical dysfunction of the hind foot will generally be present when a person is suffering from this condition. Many times the patient will report having had a prior history of an ankle or sprain to the foot, and/or low back problems possibly even months or years prior to the achilles tendonitis developing. Other times this painful condition may have developed due to repetitive movements of the foot and/or ankle over an extended period of time.