The average American takes about 4,000 steps per day. If you regularly participate in aerobic exercise or if you’re a runner, you can add in more steps and stress to your already overworked tootsies. If you’re wondering why your feet are hurting, it’s because your feet take a lot more punishment than you give them credit for. Here are some of the reasons why your feet may be hurting and what your chiropractic team can do to relieve the pain.
Types of Foot Pain
While there are many different types of foot pain, some of the most common seen by chiropractors are:
- Heel pain. The plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue that cushions the muscles at the bottom of the foot, supports the arch while protecting the foot from shock. Patients who suffer from heel pain often notice that it’s worse first thing in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time. It’s important to have heel pain examined, as it can be indicative of a more serious problem like heel spurs or calcium deposits. This condition is commonly seen in those who spend a lot of time on their feet for work or who participate in sports that are hard on the feet.
- Achilles tendonitis. Named after the Greek hero who was invulnerable in every part of his body but his heel, this large tendon connects the lower leg to the heel bone. This form of tendonitis is both extremely painful and quite debilitating. While the pain starts off relatively mild, it can quickly worsen and in severe cases may even rupture the tendon entirely. Athletes and dancers who run and jump frequently are especially vulnerable to developing Achilles tendonitis, as are women who wear high heels regularly.
- Flat feet. If you’ve ever spent any time around children, you’ve noticed that we’re all born with flat feet; our arches begin to develop while we’re in grade school. However, much of the population never develops that arch. While flat feet don’t always cause pain, it can be very uncomfortable for some individuals.
As you can see, foot pain is often found in those who spend long periods of time on their feet or athletes who put added amounts of stress on their feet or ankles. However, anyone can suffer from foot pain; particularly those of us with poor posture or who are aged or obese.
If you’re having pain in your feet, talk to your chiropractic team. Not only is your Doctor of Chiropractic able to adjust your foot manually, he or she will also help you learn different ways to protect your feet from further injury. This may include posture advice, specific exercises designed to strengthen the area or tips on specific shoes that will help protect the area.
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