When you step out of bed in the morning, do you experience foot pain symptoms? Does pain prevent you from standing, walking or exercising? Is it difficult to fit into your shoes? Are you looking for foot pain relief?
There are a multitude of causes of foot pain:
Over pronation of the feet
Overworked feet or repetitive foot activities
Excess body weight
Pinched nerve in the back
Herniated lumbar disc
Lumbar spinal stenosis
Foot pain causes vary from patient to patient. It is essential to determine what causes foot pain for each patient! A foot pain diagnosis is based upon a patient’s health history, description of the pain, observation and physical examination. It is necessary to consider participation in a training or exercise program, type of footwear worn, body weight and any injuries sustained. X-rays may be necessary to rule out a bone fracture, arthritis or bone spurs.
Once testing and evaluations are completed, a foot pain diagnosis is made:
Hallux Valgus and Bunions: Occurs when the big toe deviates towards the outside of the foot - almost overlaps or bumps into the next toe.
Plantar Fasciitis: The plantar fascia is the tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. Almost 70% of people with plantar fasciitis have a heel spur.
Heel Spur: A hook of bone which can form on the heel bone.
Achilles Tendonitis: The achilles tendon is the strongest and largest tendon in the body. If it becomes strained and stretched, the tendon can become sore.
Metatarsalgia: This condition develops in the ball of the foot - becoming swollen and painful when taking a step.
Pes Planus (Flat Feet): At least one quarter of the population has flat feet.
An effective treatment plan for foot pain relief may include Chiropractic Care, Rehabilitation, Therapeutic Massage and/or Nutritional Support.
Rehabilitation: The focus is on pain relief, healing, restoring function and movement and to improve body mechanics. Patients learn proper stretching and strengthening exercises. Additional treatment options may include assistive devices and orthotics.
Chiropractic: Soft tissue techniques increase flexibility of the calf muscles, correcting functional risk factors - such as tightness of the gastroc muscles and/or soleus muscles, and weakness of the intrinsic foot muscles. Other treatment options include Physical Manipulation, which allow joints to be directly adjusted - reducing pain and stiffness, Trigger Point Therapy, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, Heat Therapy and Cold Therapy.
Therapeutic Massage: Speeds recovery from injuries, especially when integrated with chiropractic care. Helps to restore balance to the body, mind and spirit.
Nutritional Support: Proper nutrition and supplementation – fuel for the body, are essential for a speedy recovery.
Lifestyle Recommendations: It is necessary to change or modify activities that cause pain, modify the home and work areas, maintain proper posture while standing, sitting or sleeping and wear comfortable and supportive shoes, when seeking a cure for foot pain.
“Since I've been coming to Kessel Wellness Center NYC, I feel great. I felt the difference after my first adjustment. I'm not wearing my braces as much as I used to. I am a doctor and I know the body - Dr. Kessel knows what he is doing, because he helped me. Now, I can walk up stairs, move my upper body and I am feeling frisky!” - F.H.