“You can adjust feet?!”


This is a question we have heard over and over. Of course we can, at Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center we work on ALL the joints, and your feet have a lot of them. The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. Our feet are the foundation of our body and yes they can and should be adjusted!

As the weather warms up we see more and more foot and ankle complaints in the office. People (ourselves included), want to wear cute little sandals and end up with pain after walking around, practically barefoot, all day. Shocking, right? Problems that show up in the feet can affect the entire body. Biomechanical dysfunction in the feet can lead to knee, hip and even back pain. This goes both ways; problems in the joints above can affect how your foot functions and give you pain there as well.

Different activities require different footwear. Plastic foam flip flops are meant for the locker room shower or pool-side not the grocery store or playground! They do not provide proper support or protection for our feet. If you’re like a lot of us and just can’t give up your flip flops, try a more supportive brand like Chaco or Birkenstock. Low-profile shoes and minimal foot wear have become very popular lately. These are great when used in the right circumstances. A minimalist running shoe is meant to run in, not stand all day on a concrete floor or walk around the mall in. Without proper support provided by a shoe we end up with foot pain, ankle injuries or eventually knee, hip and back pain.

There are many injuries that involve trauma to the foot or overuse. Sometimes this includes “overuse” that happens after a lack of use, or a change in foot wear that uses new patterns you’re not use to. Some common issues with overuse/trauma are:

  • sprain/strain
  • stress fracture-(very common in bare feet running shoes without proper training)
  • plantar fascitis
  • bone spurs
  • achilles tendonitis
  • bunion pain

Weakness in the foot can be a sign of more serious injury and so we carefully evaluate from the foot to the spine. If you have difficulty or an inability to raise the foot or toes it can indicate nerve damage (locally, from the spine, or from a disease process like diabetes). Weak muscles in the hip or leg cause biomechanical compensation and often result in specific pain patterns (such as the classic “runner’s knee” lateral iliotibial (IT) band problem). Instability across a joint, due to weakness or prior injury can result in chronic re-injury to that joint. Many people who have sprained their ankle never get proper rehabilitation and continue to injure the same joint repeatedly.

If you have any foot, knee or hip pain, weakness in your lower leg or notice that you don’t use your legs symmetrically, please do your body a favor and come see us at Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center for an evaluation. Don’t live with pain and dysfunction, we can help.

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