Foot Pain / Heel Pain
Achilles tendonitis, also spelled Achilles tendinitis, is a condition in which the tendonous
cord running from the calf muscles to the heal bone gets irritated and inflamed, making
walking extremely painful in some cases. This is a very common condition in athletes
but is a little more concerning in non-athletes due to its association with some systemic
diseases. Treatment involves identifying the exact cause of the tendonitis, restoring
normal ankle mechanics, identifying outside irritants, and reducing inflammation.
Anti-inflammatory injections, such as cortisone shots, are not recommended due to the
increase in risk of complete tendon rupture.
Plantar fascitis is a very uncomfortable condition that is the result of chronic sprains
and contracture of a band of fibrous tissue on the bottom of the feet called the plantar
fascia. This condition makes its excruciating for sufferers to bare weight first thing in the
morning or after sitting for a prolonged period of time. The key to successful treatment
of this condition is to remove the scar tissue and contracted fibers that have formed over
the months or the years this condition has been developing.
A neuroma is a benign growth of nerve cells. A Morton's neuroma refers to a neural
growth in between the long bones (metatarsals) of the feet. People who suffer from
this condition usually describe that they feel like they have a pebble in their shoe and
occasionally feel a sharp stab or pop when walking. Although true treatment of a
Morton's neuroma requires surgical extraction, Chiropractic therapy can help alleviate
symptoms caused by this condition.
Severs Disease is a painful heel condition suffered by physically active adolescent
children. It is caused by excessive muscle pulling on the growth plate of the calcaneus,
resulting in a very tender heel. The application of therapy along with activity
modification improves healing time drastically.
Metatarsals are the long bones of the feet that the toes are attached to. Metatarsalgia
is a condition in which the head of these bones get bruised. Most people who suffer
form this condition either acquired it through direct trauma, or repetitive stress to a
biomechanically flawed foot. Treatment involves identifying and restoring proper foot
mechanics as well as reducing inflammation.