by M. Enrique Flores, D.C.
The foot is an amazingly complex mechanism with 26 bones, all of interest to your chiropractic health. In addition to bones big and small, the foot has muscles, nerves and more than 100 ligaments, working together to perform our daily tasks. Now multiply all that by two and you have the picture of a normal healthy person.
It’s a complicated system no doubt, and when one part begins to sour, the whole body can suffer for it. Patients in search of chiropractic care often complain first about their back. But pain felt in one part of the body may originate elsewhere (we’re looking at you, feet) thanks to miles and miles of nerves. Hundreds of ligaments and miles of nerves! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry. This is what Dr. Flores does best.
We can blame the problems on our shoes, working on our feet, walking too much or an exercise regime. In any case, proper chiropractic care should help alleviate the pain, and Dr. Flores can recommend a regular routine of stretching or therapy to bring the body back in line.
Know Your Body
Non-runners can face similar problems from high arches as well as low arches, or flat feet. High or low, the bottom line is that a problematic arch can be impacting your posture, every step you take.
One thing to keep in mind is your Achilles tendon, the one that connects your heel to your calf muscle. When your arches start to cause problems in the feet, the Achilles may begin to deform and suffer undue stress, developing a condition known as Achilles tendonitis. In some cases, excess tension and pain can be felt in the calf as well.
Listen to your body! Problems like Achilles tendonitis cause pain that over time will likely push you into an even more improper position when you walk or stand. Confront the issue now, and develop a routine that will help you avoid bigger problems down the road.