Decreasing Chronic Foot Pain

Published July 12th, 2016 by Dr. Hoder

If you're experiencing pain in your feet, you're likely not as mobile as you'd like to be. Foot pain can radiate into your heel and Achilles tendon. If you experience chronic foot pain, you may notice that it flares up in the morning and improves throughout the day (unless you're on your feet all day). If you leave foot pain alone you may find yourself unable to walk at all. If your arches, your heel, etc. hurts even a little bit at all, seek treatment! It's much simpler than you think to decrease chronic foot pain.

The doctor will examine your foot, and possibly X-Ray it depending on the severity of the pain/damage discovered during the initial visit. The most common condition related to chronic foot pain is called plantar fasciitis. This condition is usually caused from poor flexibility in the Achilles tendon. People with high or low arches tend to suffer from plantar fasciitis, and roll their foot around on a tennis ball to reduce the tension. 

The approach to treat chronic foot pain will be different depending on which chiropractor you visit, but we use a technique called the Graston technique which is designed to break up the scar tissue that builds up and causes that pain/tension in your foot. We'll also adjust your foot, ankle, and sometimes the shin bone depending on your specific condition.

Each round of treatment will help get you back to your normal motion and joint mechanics. You will typically see an improvement after 5-10 visits and experience relief from your chronic pain. We'll also give you a list of home exercises you can do to ensure that the pain does not return.

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