Admit it—seeing a Franklin, TN chiropractor isn’t the first thing you think of when you injure your foot. Or can’t walk when you get out of bed in the morning. Or moan in pain in the evening.
But there’s good news! You guessed it—a chiropractor can do as much or more good than a podiatrist for certain conditions. So if you’re experiencing back pain as well as chronic foot pain, why not kill two birds with one stone by seeing a Franklin, TN chiropractor?
Types of Foot Pain
There are as many ways to get pain in your feet as there are ways to skin a cat. Since you probably don’t want to think about skinning cats, let’s look at some of the most common foot and ankle problems that chiropractors see. The reason you’ll see the following in a Franklin, TN practice is because they all arise from structural problems, which is what chiropractors are trained to treat.
- Plantar fasciitis—This malady is caused by a few possible sources: too much walking or running, standing for too long, even obesity. What occurs is pain in the heel or entire bottom of the foot, with pain being worst right after waking up in the morning or after a period of rest. The plantar fascia muscle, which runs down the center of the foot, has become tight and inflamed. A tight Achilles tendon adds to the pain.
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome—Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome (obviously), the pain in this condition is caused by compression of the tibial nerve as it runs through the tarsal tunnel. The tarsal tunnel is located behind the bump in the ankle. Symptoms include numbness in the foot running all the way to the big toe, along with pain, burning, even tingling.
- Morton’s neuroma—This little condition can cause not so little pain. It’s a development of something like a cyst on the ball of your foot, typically between the third and fourth toes. It often feels like a pebble in your shoe when standing. The ball is actually a thickening of tissues around a nerve to the toe, and it may sting, burn, or feel numb.
- Metatarsalgia—Although this condition also affects the ball of the foot, it is not the same thing. With metatarsalgia, there is pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. It is usually caused by running, jumping (basketball, anyone?), or wearing ill-fitting shoes.
As you can see, even though we’ve only listed 4 conditions, each is structural in nature and can cause you to cease your Franklin, TN activities until you’ve resolved the problem.
Treating Chronic Foot Pain
So how does a chiropractor treat a tight Achilles tendon, compressed nerves, and little balls and inflammation in the ball of the foot? The most obvious answer is through manipulation of the bones in the feet, just as for back pain, Franklin, TN chiropractors manipulate the bones in the spine. Such adjustments align the foot bones, taking pressure off stressed tendons or nerves and relieving inflammation. For example, watch this video of a chiropractor explaining and treating plantar fasciitis. But that’s not all.
Proper footwear is essential for eliminating and keeping foot pain away. A chiropractor knows what types of footwear is best for your body type and weight, so he can recommend brands to you. He can also recommend reliable custom orthotic manufacturers if your foot pain is severe enough. Insoles are often a basic solution that create powerful results, no matter the source of pain in your foot.
Have you ever seen a chiropractor for foot pain?
So now that you know what causes foot pain and how chiropractic can easily treat it with a few adjustments, do you think it’s worth giving a try? We tend to think so, especially because a primary care physician will often recommend cortisone shots to dull the pain, which only delays healing. Do yourself a favor and get on a chiropractic regimen in Franklin, TN.
Have you ever seen a chiropractor for foot pain? Or perhaps you have foot pain and have ben feeling hopeless, and this post has opened a new door for you. No matter your progress with chiropractic, we want to hear your foot pain story, so leave a comment now!