Foot, Ankle, and Heel Pain Treatment in Bel Air, MD
Due to the repetitive nature of walking, foot pain may be a repetitive stress disorder similar to tennis elbow. Both conditions benefit greatly from rest, ice, and stretching. Surgery is a last resort and may result in more harm than good in up to 50% of the patients.
Foot & ankle injuries are very hard to come back from because of the amount of use. As always, the earlier a patient seeks care the easier the recovery. I am sure you are thinking, “A chiropractor who treats feet? I thought that chiropractors only treat backs.” Chiropractors treat all muscular skeletal conditions. That means anything with muscles and bones.
Treatment for Foot Pain
- Stretching the calf muscles several times a day, especially in the morning and after prolonged sitting.
- Ice after activity.
- Tape when applied correctly (especially for severe cases)
- Custom foot orthotics (arch supports) prescribed by a chiropractor.
- Losing weight if possible, especially in women. Overweight women are 6 times more likely than overweight men to get plantar fasciitis.
- Chiropractic care to include adjustments to the foot, leg and spine, along with physical therapy and rehab.
Treatment for Ankle Injuries
For sprains, gentle chiropractic adjustments to the bones of the ankle, leg and foot are used to re-align and restore proper motion to the damaged joints. K tape (as pictured) may be used to promote healing and reduce inflammation. The muscles, tendons and ligaments are treated with passive physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound and electric stimulation. Manual therapy techniques such as Active Release, Graston and massage may also be employed. This is usually followed by physical therapy exercises to rehab the damaged area.
If you suffer from heel pain, or your foot & ankle pain is keeping you from living the life you want to live,
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Physical Therapy for Ankle Injuries
Many ankle sprains may require physical therapy . This exercise is to improve communication between the brain and the foot to not only heal but prevent further injury. This is just one of the many physical therapy protocols that may be used.
Before coming to Dr. Lee, my ankle pain would wake me up during the night because of its severity. Dr. Lee has helped alleviate the pain in my ankle. By performing specific exercises twice per week, the pain is non-existent!
I began seeing Dr. Lee because of a shooting pain I developed in my left heel. This pain was not only impeding upon my exercise regiment, but it began to limit my day to day activities as well. After a brief examination, Dr. Lee explained to me that my pain was being caused by Plantar Fasciitis, an inflammation of the thin layer of tough tissue that supports the arch of the foot.
Dr. Lee spent a lot of time educating me on exactly what my ailment was, and how he was going to go about relieving my pain. Shortly after Dr. Lee began treating my heel, I noticed that I was experiencing less and less discomfort. In a few short weeks, I was able to continue my exercise routine and enjoy my daily activities pain-free!
I would highly recommend Dr. Lee to anybody who is experiencing pain that is hampering their daily lives. I am confident that Dr. Lee will be able to relieve your pain, as he did mine.
More Information about Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis(pronounced PLAN-tar fashee-EYE-tiss) is an inflammation of the plantar fascia. “Plantar” means the bottom of the foot, “fascia” is a type of connective tissue, and “itis” means “inflammation”. Heel spurs are soft, bendable deposits of calcium that are the result of tension and inflammation in the plantar fascia attachment to the heel. Heel spurs do not cause pain. They are only evidence (not proof) that a patient may have plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia encapsulates muscles in the sole of the foot. It supports the arch of the foot by acting as a bowstring to connect the ball of the foot to the heel. When walking and at the moment the heel of the trailing leg begins to lift off the ground, the plantar fascia endures tension that is approximately two times body weight. This moment of maximum tension is increased and “sharpened” (it increases suddenly) if there is lack of flexibility in the calf muscles. A percentage increase in body weight causes the same percentage increase in tension in the fascia. Due to the repetitive nature of walking, plantar fasciitis may be a repetitive stress disorder (RSD) similar to tennis elbow. Both conditions benefit greatly from rest, ice, and stretching. Surgery is a last resort and may result in more harm than good in up to 50% of the patients.