MN Chiropractor | Foot, Ankle & Arch Pain

Day after day, your feet and ankles take quite a beating, especially when you play sports. Sports such as running, basketball, high impact aerobics, tennis, racquet sports, and baseball, all involve considerable ground impact. From the repeated pounding that runners’ feet receive on paved surfaces to the side-to-side motion seen in court sports, there’s no question that athletes’ feet and ankles are prime candidates for injuries.

Be Nice To De Feet!

Plantar FasciitisWhether you participate in sports regularly or are just shoot hoops in the driveway, be on the lookout for some of these common problems:

Ankle sprains – These are one of the most common sports injuries. Prompt evaluation and treatment by your St Paul MN Chiropractor is important… sometimes that “sprain” is actually an ankle fracture and treatment for these two conditions are very different.  A common misconception about foot and ankle fractures is that if you can walk on the foot, there isn’t a fracture. That’s not always the case, and only a proper diagnosis can rule out a serious injury requiring an advanced treatment plan.

And don’t skimp on rehab! An ankle that has not been properly healed and strengthened is more likely to suffer repeated sprains, leading to chronic ankle instability and recurrent sprains.

Achilles tendon disorders – Athletes are at high risk for developing disorders of the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon that runs down the back of the lower leg, can progress into a degeneration of the tendon (Achilles tendonosis). A sudden increase of a repetitive activity, leading to micro-injury of the tendon fibers, can cause these conditions.

Heel pain – This condition is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, although it may also be due to other causes including stress fractures. Although faulty foot structure is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis, it can also result from wearing shoes that are worn out or not designed for the sport in which you’re participating. Keeping the Achilles tendon stretched can help get rid of this pain, but continued pain should be checked out to rule out a fracture or other cause.

The Surgeon General is also warning children and young adults about the dangers of skateboarding on feet and ankles. While “riding the rail” and “catching air” can be fun, it can also be physically demanding and cause serious foot and ankle injuries. These injuries range from minor bruises to open wounds or cuts to more serious foot and ankle sprains and fractures.

Skateboarders are urged to use caution and wear protective gear, including properly supportive shoes, when skateboarding. Skateboarding can be particularly hard on your feet and ankles because of the impact caused when performing jumps and tricks. Skateboarders should be aware that the strain from repetitive, forceful motions can also cause painful foot and heel conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bone spurs and Achilles tendonitis, which may require more intensive, longer-term therapies.

Prevention/Treatment

orthoticsCustom foot orthotics are precision balanced medical devices worn in your shoes to allow the feet and lower extremities to function properly and help eliminate pain and deformity caused by improper function. They are specifically designed to fit your feet and act to restore the normal bio-mechanical function of the lower extremities. This is necessary when the natural balance of our lower body has been disrupted by, for instance, over-pronation.

Many common complaints such as heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain can be caused by poor foot mechanics.

Wearing supportive orthotics in the shoe is a method commonly implemented to treat many common running and jogging injuries that are thought to be associated with Pronation. According to research, 75.5% of injured runners are successfully treated with the prescription of orthoses.

Avoid The Agony Of De-Feet!

In a study conducted at Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Associate, Overpronation and injuries associated with it were the most common reason for diagnosing orthotics. 262 out of the 500 runners involved in the study either had great improvement or complete healing of the injury after wearing the orthotics.

The most effective treatment of injuries came in treating symptoms that resulted from unusual biomechanics within the body such as Overpronation.  An added advantage of orthotics is that they often allow the runner to continue to participate in athletic activity and avoid the agony of de-feet!

They perform functions that make your everyday activities more comfortable and efficient, by altering the angles at which the feet strike the ground when standing, walking, running, jogging and jumping.

You don’t have to have pain in your feet to benefit from orthotics. Wearing orthotics can also help you improve your athletic performance by improving your mechanical advantage.

If you are experiencing foot pain, heel pain, or arch pain, take the first step to healthier feet and talk to your St Paul MN Chiropractor about custom made Orthotics today!