Clients are often amazed that we treat areas other than the spine. Feet, ankles, knees, wrists, elbows and shoulders are commonly addressed during an initial examination. You may be thinking, Why would a chiropractor look at these areas of my body? I thought they only treat back pain.”
While it is true that the most common complaint we see in the office is back pain, we also see a variety of other conditions. Additionally, it is very important for us to address issues with the feet and knees before we adjust the spine.
I utilize a very specific approach to chiropractic known as precise structural correction. This approach works from the foundation up. That may seem confusing, so let’s use a practical example. A house with a poor foundation that is sinking on one side may result in other issues in the house. For instance, the windows on the 2nd floor may not open properly due to the crooked alignment of the foundation. If you were to replace the windows on the 2nd floor, would it really address the problem? It’s possible it may help in the short term but your problem would persist. It is the same with the human body.
Our comprehensive initial exam addresses many joints in the body including the feet and knees. Many people with chronic pain have issues with their knees and feet. When the feet do not support the body appropriately, problems with the knees and back will occur. Many times, we must find a solution to a foot problem to clear up back pain.
One of the most common foot conditions I see in the office is Plantar Fasciitis. This is a very painful condition that is due to inflammation of the tissue that runs under the bottom side of your foot. We are able to make a significant improvement in this condition with chiropractic treatment.
Often plantar fasciitis occurs after bones in the foot have made slight movements or shifts out of place. Many people are surprised to hear that bones in their foot can become misaligned and joints may not work how they are supposed to. When these bones shift out of place the tissue that attaches to them becomes stressed and painful.
My job is to properly align those bones to reduce the pain of plantar fasciitis. At Precision Chiropractic & Massage, we also have some exceptionally trained massage therapists that are familiar with treating plantar fasciitis. Often, we use massage in conjunction with chiropractic to maximize our results. Additionally, I may counsel clients on home exercises or changes in footwear which will help to maintain improvements and prevent any recurrence.
If you are experiencing foot pain or plantar fasciitis, do not hesitate to call our office for a consultation. A consultation is always complimentary and is never a commitment.
*For informational purposes only.