Foot Pain in Madison, OH

Walking and other activities without pain depend on the proper alignment of the 26 bones of the feet. Located in Madison, French Chiropractic and Wellness Center offers treatments for foot pain to the residents of Painesville, Mentor and surrounding communities in Ohio.

What Is Foot Pain?

Foot pain is a common condition typically caused by disease, poor bio-mechanical alignment, and trauma. Almost 75% of those living in the United States will have foot pain at some point in their lives.

The foot consists of 26 intricate bones and 33 bone joints, along with over 120 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. This complicated mechanism supports your weight each day and functions like a shock absorber in a car, maintaining your balance. So it is no surprise to discover that foot pain is such a common condition.

Foot pain may impact any part of the foot, from the toes to the heel. It can range from just annoying to severe, particularly when affecting your ability to get around normally, take part in sports or work. Home treatment usually helps minor foot pain, but some pain can be disabling, leading to permanent damage when not properly treated.

What Causes Foot Pain?

Feet are incredibly complicated structures consisting of joints, bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, tendons, skin, and blood vessels. Certain disorders can develop in the feet; some actually originate in another part of the body. Feet can have injuries, and other conditions, brought about by years of wear and tear and being forced to support your body’s weight while enabling you to run, jump, stand, and walk.

The most common symptoms of foot problems are dysfunction and pain. Dysfunction means you may limp, be unable to put weight on your toes or heels, or favor one foot over another. Foot pain can be the result of poorly-fitting, incorrect footwear that causes your feet to be cramped, or injuries that prevent walking correctly or at all. Pain can also be caused by sprains that can stretch or tear ligaments and foot stress fractures that can come from overuse or accidents while playing sports or exercising. The source of foot disorders may be in another part of the body while foot problems can create problems for other parts of the body.

Stress Fracture

A stress fracture in the foot is normally the result of a breakage or rupture in one of the five metatarsal bones. They can be due to overuse while engaging in vigorous exercise, especially jogging, jumping, and high impact forms of aerobics. Women have a greater chance of suffering a stress fracture than men.

Heel Bursitis

Heel bursitis is caused by inflammation to the bursa — a small sack filled with fluid that is located behind the heel bone.

Excessive Pronation

This term refers to the everyday motion allowing the foot to adapt to off balance walking surfaces. Excessive pronation happens when the foot begins to move inward, stretching and pulling off the fascia — the thick, fibrous tissue found below the skin’s surface and between muscle groups. This condition can cause heel pain, as well as knee, hip, and lower back pain.

Heel Pain

This is the most commonly seen type of foot problem and can happen in the back, front, or bottom on the heels. Heel pain can come in different forms, such as Achilles Tendinitis, Heel Spur Syndrome, Bursitis, Flat Feet, Haglund’s Deformity, Excessive Pronation, and Plantar Fasciitis.

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendonitis is caused by inflammation to the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel. It occurs when tiny tendon tears occur due to overuse or injury. It is most commonly seen in those who take part in high-impact exercises such as jogging, basketball, tennis, and racquetball.

Haglund’s Deformity

This foot condition occurs when a bone growth develops on the rear of the heel bone. The back of the shoe repeatedly presses against the heel, pushing the bone spur into the soft, underlying tissue.

Heel Spur Syndromes

Sometimes, calcium deposits form under the heel due to plantar fasciitis inflammation. Although both heel spurs and plantar fasciitis may be mistaken for each other, plantar fasciitis can develop without accompanying heel spurs. Spurs can also occur without any symptoms.

Flat Feet

Flat feet is a condition that can be either inherited or develop during adulthood. It is a foot defect where the person has no arches. The condition usually occurs in adults who wear high heels for extended periods of time.

Foot Injury

If you believe you have injured your foot and may have a broken or fractured bone in a foot or toe, you should call a doctor right away so that they can call for x-rays if needed. You may have a fracture, even though you may be able to walk. This is not uncommon when someone suffers a foot fracture, especially when it is a toe fracture or chipped bone.

How Can Foot Pain Create Problems In Other Parts Of The Body?

Foot pain can cause you to change the way you normally walk, putting greater stress on your legs, hips, lower spine, and the joints of your legs. Your feet provide the foundation for your whole body. Whenever they are in pain or have misalignments, malfunctions, or malformations, other parts of your body may become injured, as well. In spite of the fact that they may not be in pain, this condition can cause other body parts to overcompensate, leading to conditions such as headache and back pain. You could also have limited mobility that can move from your feet upward.

Who Suffers From Foot Pain?

No one is immune from pain in their feet. However, people who are old, overweight, diabetics, athletes, and dancers can be more prone to foot problems than other people. This is because they put far greater stress on their feet than the average person. If you should experience chronic foot pain or dysfunction, you should consider consulting a chiropractor experienced in the treatment of this type of pain. A chiropractor can help give you pain relief and prevent it from spreading to other areas, such as your muscles, joints, nerves, and connective tissue.

Preventing Foot Pain

Don’t ignore foot pain — it’s not normal.
Tips for keeping your feet pain free:

  • Ensure your shoes fit properly. Buy new shoes in the afternoon when your feet tend to be slightly swollen and at their largest.
  • Replace old shoes.
  • Alternate wearing different pairs of shoes.
  • Do not walk barefoot, since it increases your odds of getting injured or infected.
  • Walk often and properly.
  • Take part in exercises for your feet and toes to help keep them strong and flexible.

Chiropractic Care for Foot Pain

The professional medical staff at French Chiropractic and Wellness Center can assist you in overcoming foot problems that can also cause problems in other areas, such as your hips, lower back, and legs. We can run a number of tests to examine your gait and foot function. We can also examine your health history to help further diagnose your problem. We can gently move your feet and ankles to determine the source of your foot problem and pain. This will tell us the source of your pain so that we can offer you the best treatment plan to relieve your pain and restore proper foot function.

Chiropractic foot adjustments, and adjustments to another part of your body, if necessary, will help provide pain relief and restore functioning. This will result in preventing other parts of your body from overcompensating for the injured foot and causing additional injuries. We may also recommend you wear special foot inserts or orthotics, as well as provide any lifestyle and nutritional counseling that may relieve stress on your body as a whole, resulting in an improvement in your general health and well-being.

Isn’t it time you tried chiropractic care for you and your family? If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of foot pain, please contact our office now to schedule an appointment.