Ankle and Foot Pain

There are many types of ankle and foot problems and the feet are one of the more complex regions of the body. The complexity comes mostly from the fact that we stand upright and walk on two feet.

This area needs to be very mobile and heavily connected to our nervous system as it’s deeply connected to our balance centres and is responsible for safely navigating us through our environment.

Foot and ankle pain creates huge problems for everyday life and often will cause the body to shift and compensate from the discomfort which in turn will create aches and pains elsewhere.

Ankle pains often result from trauma such a rolled ankle during sport while foot problems usually have a progressive nature.

Common injuries and problems of the ankle and foot are: muscle strains and ligament sprains, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathies, Morton’s neuroma, Policeman’s heel, tarsal tunnel syndrome, Hallux rigidus, bunions (hallux valgus), hammer toes, stress fractures, and flat feet (pes planus).

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COMMON CAUSES OF ANKLE PAIN:

  • Poor posture (upper cross syndrome)
  • Sports injuries
  • Poor footwear
  • Overuse with poor technique
  • Pathological and congenital

Mechanical problems relating to poor posture are often the root cause of foot and ankle pains but serious pathology or disease needs to be ruled out first. Poor posture or spinal and hip alignment will cause a chain reaction “downstream” which will alter the way ankles and feet work.

The altered pressures on ankle and foot tissues from other body regions can lead to imbalances and injuries. Alternatively, the use of poor footwear can change the way feet move and feel and start to impact structural balance above (knees, hips, pelvis and spine) leading to other aches and pains.

TREAT THE PAIN AND SYMPTOMS or CORRECT THE CAUSE?

There are two ways people look to help ankle/foot pain:

1. Treat the pain and symptoms:

Medication is often a ‘quick fix’ method for helping ankle/foot pain, along with many other therapies that solely focus reducing the symptoms. While this may help remove the immediate pain, it is a short-term solution and does not correct the underlying cause of the problem, your spinal alignment. The problem is likely to return.

Pain treatment, without ever addressing the root cause of ankle/foot pain, can result in an ongoing and increasing need for medication. As you age, mobility can be severely impacted, and ongoing ankle/foot pain can decrease quality of life.

2. Correct the cause of the problem:

Imagine being able to identify the cause of your ankle/foot pain and resolving that issue!

Treatment with ABC, through real and immediate correction of body structure results in improved spinal alignment and posture. Over time this process will both improve the symptoms and lead to long term resolution of the structural cause of ankle/foot pain.

HOW ADVANCED BIO-STRUCTURAL CORRECTION™ HELPS ANKLE AND FOOT PAIN:

Our Chiropractic method at Total Balance Chiropractic Newcastle, Advanced Bio-Structural Correction™ (ABC™) is a hands on therapy that corrects spinal alignment and posture.

ABC™ is a therapy that looks at the body as a whole and not just individual parts operating separately from each other. By acknowledging that the body is a single, whole functioning unit, we can get to the root of your body issues and truly correct them while preventing issues from developing in the future.

Correcting your structural alignment from top to bottom takes pressure off the muscles, ligaments, discs, and nerves in your back. Removing these pressures helps the body to heal naturally.

ABC™ consists broadly of manoeuvres such as spinal stretches, hands on adjustments of the spine, ribs, and lower extremities which result in consistent and predictable results including postural correction.

Correcting your spinal alignment with ABC™ helps you get real and immediate relief from headaches, as well as preventing the problem from returning in the future.

In short, ABC™ is a holistic healthcare system aimed at not only improving symptoms but helping bodies to function and feel their best. By improving posture through this therapy, one will notice ease in breathing, clarity in the head, and often a sense balance in the body.

PREVENTION:

At Total Balance Chiropractic our goal is to fix bodies and help prevent injuries from returning. Ultimately, we want to make your body work well so you can enjoy life uninhibited by pain ensuring you have quality of life not just quantity. Once posture is corrected, it is recommended to keep it in good shape. This is best managed through a protective adjustment periodically, along with our advice around day to day living.