Many people struggle with foot and ankle pain or injuries, especially if they are on their feet a lot or if they are athletes. When the body has pain, it happens for a reason, and that reason is usually an injury. Chronic conditions, fractures, tendinitis and even smaller problems such as an ingrown toenail or wart can cause foot and ankle pain. If you know how to take care of your feet, and you do so through proper foot support, treatments and therapies, and things such as nutrition, you can help your foot and ankle pain go away. We can help you on your road to recovery!
One of the most common areas of treatment are feet and ankles. The foot is an involved structure depending on 26 bones, 33 joints,107 ligaments, 19 muscles, tendons, blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatics.
By analyzing the locations and patterns of your pain symptoms, our team at Olathe Chiropractic help get to the source of your foot and ankle pain.
To help reduce pain, your body will often make subtle bio-mechanical changes and over-compensations. These minute changes alter normal movement and often lead to more serious injuries in the foot or other parts of the body.
Foot health can reflect your overall health since so many conditions manifest symptoms there. Arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory issues all begin broadcasting symptoms in your feet. In fact, 25% (52 to be exact) of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet putting you at a high level of risk for injuries.
Malalignment of the bones in the feet can throw the rest of your body askew. Research indicates that 3 out of 4 Americans will experience some type of foot condition in their lifetime. Respond to symptoms quickly to avoid making a small matter, a big deal.
Most of us don’t stop to think about all we are asking our feet to do for us each day. But most foot conditions stem from our daily lifestyle habits and activities. Are you a runner? The pressure on the feet when running can be as much as four times the runner’s body weight. Are you a walker? The average person will walk around 115,000 miles in a lifetime–more than 4 times around the Earth–and takes 4,000-6,000 steps a day. Even if you do nothing but stand in one place for hours, you are working your feet. As a matter of fact, standing in one spot is more tiring than walking because the same few muscles are required to work for a longer period of time.
To help support all your feet are doing for you, consider how you are taking care of them. Avoid repetitive use activities without proper recovery or without the proper footwear. Listen to your body. If you feel tired, rest. If you feel pain that doesn’t subside with rest, it’s time to enlist a professional. Doing so early can save you from making an injury worse, and get you back into what you love to do more quickly.
There is a lot of basic home care you can use when a minor foot injury puts you out of the race. Applications of ice will reduce swelling, while rest should resolve the pain with time. If your foot pain is chronic or won’t fade away on its own after an injury, come in for treatments such as:
If you are currently experiencing any foot or ankle pain, call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087 for your free consultation. Olathe Chiropractic provides specialized treatment plans for foot and ankle pain and can help you understand where your symptoms are coming from and what it will take to improve.