Are you suffering from foot pain and are looking for relief?
Does it hurt when you first get out of bed, making you limp your first few steps?
Is it affecting your ability to walk, making you feel older than you are?
Is your limping starting to cause other aches and pain?
We will get to the root cause of your foot pain, so when we treat it, it will not only feel better but be less likely to return. That is the Drummond Difference.
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Looking for tips on how to relieve your foot pain?
Scroll down for stretches, exercises and other home remedies for foot pain relief. Before you try any new remedy, talk with your health care provider to verify it is appropriate for your specific condition. Hopefully that is one of our chiropractors here at Drummond Chiropractic. Not all chiropractors work on feet. Here at Drummond Chiropractic, all of our chiropractors do! We have Dr. McCoy, a sports chiropractic specialist on staff, with specialized training with foot injuries, be it from sports, or from regular day activities like misstepping off a curb, lunging for an object falling off a counter, wearing high heel or uncomfortable shoes too long or starting a new exercise regimen. You do not have to be an elite athlete to take advantage of his skills with foot injuries.
You may be surprised to learn your foot pain may be from something simple like wearing the wrong type of shoes for your feet, or even the wrong sized shoe. It maybe some other health condition that is expressing itself as foot pain. It may be a structural imbalance in your foot that needs orthotics to correct. Regardless of the cause of your foot pain, our goal is to find it and correct it.
BONUS: WE CAN BILL INSURANCE.
If you are experiencing heel pain, schedule an appointment with us today. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can walk without pain. With one of our experienced chiropractors on staff, we should be able to schedule in today. To learn more about causes of foot pain, scroll down further.
Maybe you are finding having a difficult time just getting around because your feet hurt so bad to walk on. Maybe it hurts to just get up out of bed, especially those first few steps. Maybe your foot pain is really starting to have a negative impact on your life. Maybe your condition is worsening, and you are starting to gain weight from having to be more sedentary. Maybe you are curious to learn what a chiropractor can do for you. What ever the reason, we here at Drummond Chiropractic are here to help. We provide the best assessment, treatment options and advice to get you back on track with the greatest results as fast as possible. Click Here to schedule with us to see how we can help you.
Curious how we treat foot pain?
- Chiropractic adjusting
- Isometric Stretching
- Natural treatments for muscle spasm
- Dry Needling
- Custom Made Orthotics
- Home remedy advice
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Home remedies for foot pain:
Often foot pain comes from tight muscles of the foot, lower leg and even the thigh! Learn how to use a foam roller and lacrosse ball to help alleviate your foot pain:
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Excerpts from Dr. Karin's book "Combat Foot Pain"
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Heel pain is an extremely common and potentially disruptive affliction that has many possible causes. These include stress fractures, arthritis, nerve irritation, cysts, and tendinitis.
The most common cause for heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar means bottom of the foot and fascia is a type of strong, fibrous tissue. Plantar fasciitis means inflammation of the ligament/facial tissue that runs along the bottom surface of the foot, helping to hold up the arch, which originates from the heel bone, where it is often most painful. Treating plantar fasciitis may involve a combination of taping up the arch for support, anti-inflammatory drugs, arch supports or orthotics, stretching, Graston and rehabilitative therapy.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue that connects the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. This inflammation causes pain on the bottom of the heel that can continue to grow in intensity over time.
Risk factors include:
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Non-supportive shoes
- Inappropriate shoes (too small)
- High Heels
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If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you can recover, but treatment is necessary.
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Do you want to be able to run again?
We will get to the root cause of your foot pain, knee pain, hip pain, low back pain, what ever pain you have that is limiting you from getting back to life and running again. Pain should not limit your running. If pain free running is your goal, we will determine the root cause of your pain so you can get back to the activities (like running) that you enjoy.
Five Red Flags of Over-pronation
Over-pronation is when your toes point away from the center of your body. Instead of pointing straight ahead, your feet turn out over seven degrees.
Signs that your feet over-pronate include:
1. Your foot flares while walking:
2. Your knees turn in:
3. Your Achilles tendons bow so that your heels point outward:
4. Your feet are flat:
5. Your shoes wear out unevenly:
The Consequences of Over-pronation
Oftentimes, a person stresses one foot more than another because they favor one leg. This results in one foot collapsing faster than the other. When this happens, every time a person stands, walks, or does any activity on their feet, the very foundation that they are standing on is imbalanced. It’s like walking on a slope that always tilts the pelvis the same way. This causes a greater strain on the hips, pelvis, and back (Figure 3-3).
Figure Above: Unevenly collapsed feet negatively impact other joints of the body.
A collapsed arch affects the gait, causing one foot to over-pronate, which is one of the ways the body compensates for the loss of shock absorption.
This is why I am not a fan of minimally supportive shoes. If we were walking on natural surfaces that were soft and uneven, like the types of surfaces our ancestors walked on, then yes, minimalistic shoes would be great. But because we walk on unnatural, hard, flat surfaces, we need arch supports.
Nor am I a fan of shoes with high heels or negative heels. Our bodies were not designed to walk a long distance on a constant uphill or downhill slope.
I have treated women who have worn high heels so often that they developed low back pain; some reached a point that they could not even bring their heels to the ground because their calf muscles were so contracted! It took months of rehabilitation to elongate their calf muscles to the point they could walk in normal shoes without back pain.
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Most people over-pronate. It is rare to have a neutral foot. But some supinate.
SHOES – WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOU
BASICALLY PUT, healthy feet are a result of good support, lack of injury, good nutrition, good genetics, and good hygiene. In this chapter, we are going to focus on what to avoid and what to look for in shoes.
Poor Shoes - what is a good shoe for one, is not a good shoe for another
If your feet overpronate, you need orthotics that will support your arches and help control the motion of your gait.
If your feet supinate, you will need more cushion because your higher rigid arches don’t absorb as much shock as they should. You may also need high arch supports to prevent your arches from collapsing.
If you are a supinator wearing a shoe for a pronator, this will make you vulnerable to injury and pain. Understanding your feet will help you determine the type of shoe that is perfect for your needs.
Sitting and Foot Pain that mimics plantar fasciitis
At a minimum, prolonged sitting increases swelling of the legs, and over time, the swelling can become uncomfortable and even painful.
Figure 14‑1: Prolonged sitting can cause foot pain.
I have had patients come to me thinking they have plantar fasciitis because they feel severe foot pain when they first stand up. Upon questioning, I discover that their pain improves with walking. This tells me they don’t have plantar fasciitis, but likely are experiencing pain caused by swollen lower extremities.
When your feet are swollen, it hurts to bear weight at first. As you move around, the fluids causing the swelling drain, and the pain lessens. It doesn’t take a noticeable amount of swelling to be painful. Patients who have swelling caused by too much sitting are often relieved to find out they don’t need to buy expensive orthotics.
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Other Causes of Swollen Feet
Feet can also swell from standing for long periods of time on a regular basis, flying in airplanes, long commutes (sitting too long without moving), genetic weakness of the valves of the blood and lymph vessels that allows back-flow of fluid, or damaged vessels.
Back-flow in the veins and/or lymph vessels puts even more pressure on valves and causes them to stretch apart, allowing even more back flow. Like a balloon, once the valves have been stretched, it’s easier for them to stretch again, making the valves less able to hold back further back-flow.
To relieve pain from weak valves, you can perform the Foot ABCs for Lymphatic Drainage (described in Chapter 19) and elevate your feet often. This drains the lower extremities of the excess fluid.
Figure 14‑2: Lymphatic drainage.
If the valves are damaged enough, the relief will be temporary because standing up will cause the legs to swell again.
If raising the feet above the heart is not enough to provide lasting relief, you may need to wear compression stockings. You can choose from a variety of compression hose that come in different lengths and amounts of pressure.
Graduated compression socks are effective at preventing and treating varicose veins and swelling of the lower extremities. They gently squeeze the vein and lymph vessel walls together so they can close and prevent the back-flow from occurring.
Usually medical compression stockings are 15 mmHg or higher to compress the legs enough to support the veins and lymph vessels of the lower legs. To learn more about the lymphatic system and how to drain it, click below:
Self massage and mobilization techniques for the foot
EXERCISES AND STRETCHES FOR FOOT PAIN
Heat or Ice?
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING FOOT OR ANKLE PAIN and are looking for an alternative to over-the-counter pain relievers, temperature therapy may be an option. Heat therapy and ice therapy are useful, and sometimes can be used interchangeably.
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Taking pain pills for your pain? STOP!
More conditions of the foot:
Warts, callouses and athletes foot can cause foot pain.
If you are experiencing any pain, schedule an appointment with us today. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can walk without pain. With three experienced chiropractors on staff, we should be able to schedule in today. Click Here to schedule with us and start your journey to pain free feet.
If we determine that we CAN help your condition, we will treat same day, demonstrate home exercises and stretches you can do to speed your recovery. We will follow up the appointment with a Report of Findings email that details what your condition is, what our treatment plan is and lists the prescribed exercises and stretches, complete with videos that you can follow along with. To learn more, check out:
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Drummond Chiropractic, LLC
Foot Pain Specialists
565 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 336 - 2423