Common Foot Problems
There are three common reasons for foot pain. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Fallen arches—Often referred to as “flat feet,” this is a condition that many people have but do not realize can be fixed. Fallen arches don’t just affect your feet. The root causes is tendons that aren’t pulling the foot muscles together like they were designed to, forcing the foot and ankle to roll inward. This eventually adds pressure to the knees, femur, pelvis, and hips—a whole new world of pain.
Morton’s neuroma—Don’t be frightened by the word “neuroma.” It just means there’s a ball under your skin, and in this case, it’s a swollen nerve in the ball of the foot. It is caused by the toes being repeatedly squished together.
Plantar fasciitis—One of the most common complaints of people who are on their feet all day, this foot ailment is the irritation of the plantar fascia ligament caused by continuous strain. It often leads to pain in the heal. The plantar fascia ligament runs the length of your foot, connecting the toes to the heal.
Flatfeet can also work the other way and contribute to problems in your ankles, knees, hips and low back because the condition can alter optimal alignment of your legs. If you have been suffering with pain in any of the areas it is important that you have a functional and physical exam by a medical provider who works with foot conditions (chiropractor, physical therapist, podiatrist).
Treatment of flat feet or pronation can very based on the cause, here are the most common forms of treatment.
Arch supports (orthotic devices). Over-the-counter arch supports may help relieve the pain caused by flatfeet. Or your doctor might suggest custom-designed arch supports, which are molded to the contours of your feet. Arch supports won’t cure flatfeet, but they often reduce symptoms.
Chiropractic Care. Chiropractic adjustments can restore proper joint mobility and reduce stress on the painful area while improving proper biomechanics.
Exercise. Corrective exercises can help restore biomechanics and improve muscle imbalance.
Proper shoe wear. A structurally supportive shoe may be better tolerated than sandals or shoes with minimal support.
Here is a lesson from Dr. Kleinman.