Healthy Feet = Health Life

Foot Health Windsor Ontario Chiropractor OrthoticsMay is Foot Health Month in Ontario. The feet are the foundation of a healthy, active life and when you experience foot pain, it can affect many other structures in the body, such as knees, hips and back.

With so many different types of foot problems, now is a great time to make your feet a priority. Here are some healthy foot tips for you:

  • Practice good foot hygiene
  • Wear only good quality, breathable and well-fitting shoes
  • Examine your feet regularly for problems
  • Have a gait assessment performed to determine if you could benefit from an orthotic appliance
  • If you have any problems with your feet, visit your doctor
  • Be proactive and discuss with your doctor potential foot problems if you are pregnant or diabetic

In our lifetime we walk approximately 115,000 miles! To maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, we need to be sure our feet are in great shape for the long haul.

Please reach out to us if we can help you: 519-258-8544

Common Types of Foot Pain and Treatment Options

Help for Foot Pain Orthotics Windsor OntarioThe average person will walk more than 115,000 miles on their feet, and can spend years over a lifetime standing – our feel literally take a beating!  From sports injuries to poor quality footwear, painful problems can slowly evolve over time or occur suddenly.

If you’re experiencing foot pain, don’t wait until it’s debilitating to seek help. Be proactive and see you doctor right away.

Let’s review three common foot problems and treatment options.

Plantar Fasciitis

Feels like: A ‘thick’ feeling on the bottom of the foot or heel, a burning or aching sensation radiating out from the heel, or a tearing feeling from the arch area of the foot.

During normal gait, our heel strikes the ground first, and as we shift our weight forward we transfer our weight to our mid and forefoot. As this shift from the rear to the forefoot happens, the plantar fascia stretches and helps propel us forward. When we put excessive strain on the foot, the plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed.

Treatments can include:

  • Avoid the activities that caused the problem (ex: running on pavement or wearing poor footwear)
  • Stretching the plantar fascia, icing, and foot exercises
  • Wearing proper footwear, and avoiding walking in bare feet
  • Custom foot orthotics
  • Ultrasound, electric stimulation, and LASER therapy can help promote healing and reduce inflammation
  • Soft-tissue manipulation techniques help improve the healing and reduce the stress
  • A plantar fascitiis night splint may also be necessary

Heel Spurs

Feels like: Sometimes no painful symptom, it could feel like your heel is stepping on a pebble or be extremely painful if associated with or as a result of plantar fasciitis.

A heel spur is a bony protrusion on the heel bone of your foot. Prolonger foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis, can lead to heel spurs. This happens as bone has a tendency to deform along the lines of stress that it is subjected to. The excessive stress and the pulling force on the heel where the plantar fascia attaches can become a bone spur.

Treatments can include:

  • Rest
  • Avoid the activities that caused the problem
  • Stretching the plantar fascia, icing, and foot exercises
  • Taping or strapping the foot to reduce stress on the area
  • Wearing proper footwear and/or custom foot orthotics
  • Ultrasound, electric stimulation, and LASER therapy can help promote healing and reduce inflammation

Although an estimated 90% of people respond well to non-surgical therapies, two surgical options may include:

  • Release of the plantar fascia
  • Removal of the spur

Painful Arches

Feels like: Pain in the arch area of your foot, between the ball of your foot and your heel.

Painful arches is usually caused by strain in the ligaments that connect your foot muscles and bones – again related often to plantar fasciitis.

Treatment options:

  • Rest
  • Icing the area, stretching and foot exercises
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Elevate the foot
  • Avoid wearing high heels and performing the activities that may have caused the problem
  • Taping or strapping the foot to reduce stress on the area
  • Wearing proper footwear and/or custom foot orthotics
  • Ultrasound, electric stimulation, massage and LASER therapy.

If you’re looking for natural foot pain treatment options or would like more information about compression stockings or custom foot orthotics – please reach out to us: 519-258-8544 or email: hcchiropractic@gmail.com

Help for Plantar Fasciitis

 

Help for Plantar Fasciitis Windsor Ontario Dr. Scott ColasantiDoes it feel like stepping on glass when you put weight on your foot? 

This condition could be a common condition called plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis? 

The plantar fascia is the thick band of connective tissue that spans the bottom of the foot, from the forefoot to the heel and plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of this tissue.

How does plantar fasciitis happen?

During normal gait, our heel strikes the ground first, and as we shift our weight forward we transfer our weight to our mid and forefoot. As this shift from the rear to the forefoot happens, the plantar fascia stretches and helps propel us forward. When we put excessive strain on the foot such as with poor footwear, prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces, or weight gain to name a few, the plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed.

If this condition becomes prolonged, it can lead to heel spurs. This happens as bone has a tendency to deform along the lines of stress that it is subjected to. Therefore the excessive stress and the pulling force on the heel where the plantar fascia attaches can become a bone spur.

As with any health condition, when possible, it is best to get to the root of the problem. Discussing the patient’s history will often reveal things like poor footwear, recent weight gain, or excessive stress on the feet (like running on pavement for example).  An examination will reveal biomechanical problems with feet, ankle, knees, hips, or back.

What can be done about plantar fasciitis?

  • Avoid the activities that caused the problem (ex: running on pavement or wearing poor footwear)
  • Stretching the plantar fascia, icing, and foot exercises
  • Wearing proper footwear, and avoiding walking in bare feet
  • Custom foot orthotics are often necessary and very helpful.
  • Ultrasound, electric stimulation, and LASER therapy can help promote healing and reduce inflammation
  • Soft-tissue manipulation techniques help improve the healing and reduce the stress.
  • A plantar fascitiis night splint may also be necessary. This helps keep the plantar fascia in a stretched position at night during sleep, which also promotes healing.

Plantar fasciitis can be quite painful and debilitating so it is important to get it checked out as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing this type of pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment 519-258-8544.

Your Feet: Your Health

Foot ankle knee hip back pain Windsor Ontario Custom foot orthoticsIt’s estimated that the average person will walk about 115,000 miles in their lifetime! Within our feet are one quarter of the bones in our body, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. With so much of our lives dependent on our feet, it’s not surprising that so many people suffer from some type of foot dysfunction.

Problems related to foot dysfunction can manifest into ankle, knee, hip and back issues. As example, image walking with a stone in your shoe, by the end of the day your ankles, knees or hips might be sore from limping and overcompensating for the stone. When there is even a small or unknown problem in your feet, your body might show symptoms elsewhere – like in the ankles, knees, hips and back.

How orthotics help foot and related pain

An orthotic is a corrective, custom, biometrical medical appliance worn inside your shoe. Orthotics can help the muscles, tendons and bones of your feet and lower legs function at their highest potential, thereby reducing the stress on your body and helping your feet function better.

Here at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre in Windsor, we perform a biomechanical gait analysis which looks at foot function and any specific deformities, as well as the functional biomechanics of the body in general. After this, a cast or some form of impression of the foot is made and the orthotics are then constructed based on all of this information. Many times orthotics are covered by employee health plans.

If you have foot, ankle, knee, hips or back problems, give us a call to learn more about custom foot orthotics – 519-258-8544.