Foot and Ankle Chiropractic in Austin, TX

At Lifespring Chiropractic, we understand how the entire body works, including the extremities. Among our specializations is chiropractic care treatment of foot problems, such as foot and ankle pain.

Do chiropractors help with foot pain?

Yes! Chiropractic care can relieve discomfort and reduce foot pain. Altered joints of the feet can cause chronic foot pain and other conditions or symptoms. A chiropractic adjustment alters the surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves so the foot can relax.

Some common foot and ankle conditions we see are:

The most common causes of foot and ankle pain

You may wonder what causes foot and ankle pain. The most common causes include:

How do chiropractors adjust ankles?

The foot and ankle comprise 33 movable joints. Just like in other joints in the body, where two or more bones connect, there can be misalignments there. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to get the joints back into proper position. The treatment techniques range from a high-velocity low amplitude thrust to instrument adjusting.

To see our foot and ankle adjustments in action, be sure to check our YouTube channel. Click on the video to see a foot chiropractic manipulation.

Chiropractic for Sprained Ankle

An ankle sprain is one of the most common conditions we see at Lifespring Chiropractic. Ankle sprains may occur from twisting or rolling an ankle awkwardly. A sprained ankle almost always results in immediate pain, swelling, and inflammation of the ankle joints. Because of this, we use a variety of gentle techniques that are effective in restoring the alignment of the ankle. Most times, ankle adjustments reduce swelling and improve motion in an ankle almost immediately. ​

To schedule your first visit with one of our chiropractors, click here.

Can a chiropractor help with plantar fasciitis?

Yes! Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, which fans across the bottom of the foot. Its most common cause is a sprain/strain injury resulting in micro-tears in the ligament, where it attaches to the heel bone. This commonly causes pain first thing in the morning and can be miserable. Restoring motion to the foot through a chiropractic adjustment helps relieve the pressure of:

The reduced pressure of the fascia‌ results in the desired foot pain relief. Seeking foot and ankle pain treatment in Austin TX? Click here to book your visit to a chiropractor today.

Can a chiropractor treat bunions?​

A bunion is a symptom that usually takes years to develop. Chiropractors treat the root cause of where bunions come from, abnormal foot motion, specifically of the big toe joint. A bunion is a bump that develops on the side of the big toe joint over time due to faulty mechanics of the big toe. This often results in foot pain and discomfort, inflammation, redness, and even numbness.

Typically, the process for the foot to develop faulty mechanics happens over ​years. The factors contributing to this condition development include:

It is important to understand that the problem is not just the bump that has become painful, but the actual mechanics of the foot. Many patients turn to surgery to get the bunion removed, only to discover that it will show up again months later. The reason is the failure to fix the root cause of the problem.

At Lifespring Chiropractic, we identify and correct the root cause of where a bunion comes from — faulty foot mechanics. We use chiropractic adjustments to restore proper motion and mechanics to the foot. Such treatment commonly relieves the symptoms associated with bunions. This is important to ensure that the problem doesn’t continue to worsen over time.

Looking for bunion treatment in Austin? Schedule your appointment with one of our chiropractors here.

Do chiropractors help with heel spurs?

Chiropractors adjust the bones and joints of the foot that can release the increased pressure associated with a heel spur. Just like a bunion, a heel spur takes years to form. Repetitive stress on the foot and ankle is a common cause of heel spurs. Specific adjustments to the foot and ankle allow the tendons, muscles, and ligaments of the foot and ankle to move without pressure. Shaving off a heel spur can get rid of the calcium deposit to the heel but does not correct the true root cause of the problem.

In case of failure to correct the root cause of the problem, the bump may come right back. At Lifespring Chiropractic, we correct the root cause and teach prevention of heel spurs reoccurrence. For this purpose, we may recommend lifestyle changes and exercises.

To schedule your first appointment, click here.

Foot Pronation

Pronation is natural when you start walking and running. Overpronation and underpronation are the conditions that may need treatment.

Overpronation happens when the ankle rolls too far inward when walking or running. When the foot should start to push off, the ankle continues to roll down and in. This causes the first two toes to do all the work when pushing off. Because of this, overpronation commonly causes an excess strain on the big toe and second toes. It also is a common cause of shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) and posterior tibialis strain. The reason is that overpronation puts abnormal rotation on the tibia.

Underpronation (supination) of the foot and ankle can cause just as many problems. At Lifespring Chiropractic, we adjust the foot to relieve the pressure on the surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. These regions may be tight and inflamed because of over-pronation. After adjusting the foot, our doctor of chiropractic will recommend specific strengthening exercises. We may also provide extra recommendations as needed, for example:

  • Visiting massage therapists or physical therapists
  • Diet and lifestyle changes.

Need help with overpronation or underpronation treatment? Book your visit to one of our chiropractors here.

Chiropractic ajustment for Foot Tendonitis

Randomly popping/cracking your (or someone else’s) back or neck without proper training will many times make a joint worse. It can also potentially cause side effects, such as joint instability.

Tendonitis of the foot can occur due to many things, including sports injuries. Multiple risk factors can increase the chances of foot tendonitis, including flat feet or gait abnormalities. A tendon has to work too hard when the foot and surrounding muscles can’t keep up with the demand placed on the foot and ankle. This repetitive strain on the tendon causes micro-tears which can become painful, swollen, and inflamed.

Chiropractors work with the foot and ankle to correct the alignment and motion of the foot and surrounding muscles. This allows the body to heal naturally and effectively.

​To schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors, click here.