Diagnosing and Treating Foot Pain with Our Santa Clara Chiropractor
Our Santa Clara chiropractor, Doctor David Hoewisch, understands that when you are experiencing foot pain, it’s a big problem. Your feet are what are responsible for transporting your body from one place to another via walking or running, and when they hurt, it can make common tasks extremely difficult. Thankfully, our chiropractor can diagnose and treat common causes of foot pain.
Common Causes of Foot Pain
Foot pain can be caused by a variety of injuries. It is more common in people who run, play sports or spend an extended amount of time on their feet. However, foot pain can occur in anyone. 25% of all the bones in your body are in your feet. 12.5% in each foot. Reasons why that many bones are in that small piece of real estate are they depend on motion and alignment. Most foot pain is due to a lack of proper motion between any of the 25 bones (12.5% of 200 = 25) of the foot or it is due to a misalignment of one of those bones. Chiropractic adjustments fix both of those conditions.
You may experience a stone bruise if you jump and land hard on an object or step onto a hard object with your heel. This is not typically a serious injury, but it can feel like you have a stone in your shoe or under your foot. However, if you are concerned about the pain in your heel, you should always schedule an appointment with our foot pain chiropractor.
Metatarsalgia affects the ball of the foot. It is a common injury in people who run or dance, but it can also occur if you wear ill-fitting shoes or high heels.
Plantar fasciitis is another condition that causes heel pain. It is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which spans from your heel to your toes. When this tendon swells, it can feel like you are being stabbed in the foot. It is typically worse in the morning.
Tendinitis that causes foot pain can either be caused by an inflammation around the tendons connected to the big toe, or it can be caused due to an inflammation of the Achilles tendon.
Symptoms of a Foot Injury
If you experience symptoms of a foot injury for longer than 48 hours, it is best to schedule an appointment with our foot pain doctor for a complete diagnosis.
Burning in the foot
Numbness and/or tingling in the foot or toes
Pain in the heel or ball of the foot
Pain while walking
Foot Injury Treatments with Our Foot Pain Doctor
The treatment for foot pain depends on the injury. In general, our foot pain doctor may recommend manual, instrument or KST adjustments as well as the Graston technique combined with rest, certain exercises, and hot and cold therapy.
Manual and instrument adjustments are all designed to maximize the range of your joints while making sure they are properly aligned. The technique used will depend on your foot injury and your personal preferences. Manual chiropractic adjustments involving using the hands to perform a short, swift thrust to realign the joint, and this treatment is effective on the extremity joints. An instrument adjustment is delivered via a hand-held device and involves no manual thrusting or twisting.
TheKST adjustment is effective if our chiropractor believes that multiple misalignments in your joints and imbalances in your body are contributing to your foot pain. This type of adjustment is performed using a three-step process to locate misalignments, test to see if a correction is needed and to perform the adjustment.
Active Release Technique
The Active Release Technique is effective at treating soft tissue injuries where there is a build-up of scar tissue or you have extremely tight muscles. It can be used when your foot pain is being caused by tendinitis or plantar fasciitis.
When it comes to healing foot injuries, it is important to rest your feet so that you do not make the injury worse. Our chiropractor in Santa Clara can give you advice on when to rest. However, as you heal, our chiropractor will want you to resume as many normal activities as possible to help ensure that you maintain the muscle strength in your feet and legs and do not lose flexibility or mobility.
Hot and Cold Therapy
During the first few days of your treatment, our chiropractor may recommend alternating hot and cold therapy to help reduce inflammation and increase blood flow. This can be very beneficial in controlling pain and in aiding the healing process.