There is a time and place for every intervention. When appropriate, custom orthotics, designed by a qualified podiatrist, have helped thousands with foot pain. But when the orthotics don’t resolve your pain, there are very few options left besides cortisone shots and anti-inflammatory medications, leaving many with no place to turn. To better understand where the pain may originate from, it is important to understand exactly what makes up the feet.
There are 26 bones in your feet. That means that one quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet. That also means there should be a significant amount of movement with every step you take. Not only should there be movement at the 33 joints in your feet, but in between the longer bones in your feet, as well. The biomechanics of the feet are fairly complex and require someone knowledgeable to work on them for speedy resolution.
A lot of people will ask how the joints can get jammed or stuck. There is no simple answer to that question, but an emerging theory must do with the shape of the shoes. Most people have running shoes for exercise or daily life. If you look at the majority of running shoes, and most other shoes, you will notice a heel lift (height added to the heel) and a toe off (upward lift at the toes). The combination of those two movements locks the foot into an extended or dorsiflexed position. You can try this on your own foot by bending the toes up while your heel is resting on something. You can easily see that the many joints in the feet have no place to move when it is locked into this position. Also, notice how tight the plantar fascia (bottom of the foot musculature) feels. Now imagine going for a run while the foot is like this. Every strike of the heel that you take provides a traumatic force that further jams the joints together and can even cause microtears into the plantar fascia, resulting in plantar fasciitis. The forced, passive shortening of the foot musculature can cause weakness in the foot itself. Therefore, the marble pick up and the towel drag are commonly used physical therapy rehab exercises.
The major component for foot pain that is often overlooked is the restriction of the joints and bony articulations. The feet need to move. If they are stuck and you walk, there can be pain. And the cause is not due to your sandals or flat shoes. Think about how many people there are that are not in any pain and wear sandals or flat shoes regularly.
For severely restricted feet, it takes approximately 30 minutes to mobilize all of the joints properly. Afterwards, the feet feel light and you are on your way to pain-free feet. If you want, you can even start wearing heels again or try barefoot walking.
Working on the feet in this manner is a specialty that the Foot pain chiropractor in Middletown NJ at Pure Health Services have provided for years. Don’t let that first step when you wake up, or any future steps, be a painful one. Give us a call today for your foot pain treatment and we will help you.