What do my feet have to with it?

Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem developes in your feet, a subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These changes can put stress on joints higher up in your body, and lead to more serious problems.

DID YOU KNOW…

… that 25% of the bones in your body are in your feet?

… that the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day?

… that the average person will walk over 100,000 miles in their lifetime – that’s equivalent to more than 4 trips around the world!

… that woman have four times as many foot problems as men – fancy, ill-fitting footwear is the main culprit, ladies!

… that more than 75% of people will experience foot problems in their lifetime?

ARE MY FEET IN GOOD SHAPE?

Possibly not. Your feet have three crucial functions: they support your body; they help you to move; and they help protect your bones and soft tissues from damaging shock stress. Performing these three strenuous tasks day after day often leads to some type of foot and/or body problem. Being overweight, having structural defects in the feet or having injuries — all of these factors can contribute to additional foot and body stress. By the age of 20, nearly 80% of us have some kind of foot problem, and by age 40 almost everyone does.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST TYPICAL FOOT PROBLEMS?

Pronation is a very common foot problem. Some foot bones drop to a less stable position if the foot arches are too weak to keep them properly aligned. The arches may be unnaturally stretched (“flat feet”), increasing stress. Another common problem is plantar fascitis, a stress irritation to the elastic tissues running nearly the entire length of the foot. Heel spurs — deposits of calcium on the heel bone — are another common problem. If untreated, feet can become “tired and achy” or simply hurt. You should contact us if you are experiencing foot pain similar to what’s been describe here.

SINCE MY FEET DON’T HURT, I DON’T HAVE ANY REAL PROBLEM WITH THEM – RIGHT?

Wrong. Even if your feet don’t hurt, a weakened foundation may seriously affect the rest of your body. If you are currently having knee, hip, low back or neck pain, your feet may not be supporting joints, bones or soft tissues above the ankles properly. Your chiropractor should be able to determine if your feet could be a contributing factor.

HOW CAN MY CHIROPRACTOR HELP ME?

Depending on your specific condition, Dr. Handley may be able to provide you with a conservative (non-surgical) treatment program to help you feel and function better. He will customarily ask you to come in for a complete examination, which may include examining your feet, analyzing your gait and posture, requesting an x-ray and checking your shoes for improper wear.

Based upon the findings, Dr. Handley may develop a program which may include a manipulation (adjustment) of the foot to stabilize your postural foundation and to help relieve related stress/pain to the rest of your body.

He may also recommend the use of orthotics to help your feet maintain their structural and functional balance as you stand, walk or run. Because most people wear at least two styles of shoes each day, we often recommend two pairs of orthotics to help your condition.

If you are experiencing any symptoms explained here and would like to know more, please make an appointment and we will be happy to answer all of your questions!

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