Foot and Ankle Chiropractic in Austin, TX
At Lifespring Chiropractic, we are trained beyond the basic understanding of how the extremities work. We specialize in the treatment of extremity problems such as foot and ankle pain.
Do chiropractors help with foot pain?
Yes! The right chiropractor can help with foot pain. Altered joints of the feet can result in foot pain and other conditions or symptoms. A chiropractic foot adjustment alters the surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves so the foot can relax.
Some common foot and ankle conditions we see are:
How do chiropractors adjust ankles?
The foot and ankle is made up of 33 movable joints that can be misaligned just like other joints in the body. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to realign the feet. Techniques range from a high velocity low amplitude thrust, to instrument adjusting. Many of these techniques can be seen on our youtube channel. Click on the video to see a foot chiropractic manipulation.
Chiropractic for Sprained Ankle
One of the most common foot and ankle conditions we see at Lifespring Chiropractic is a sprained ankle. A sprained ankle almost always results in immediate pain, swelling, and inflammation to the ankle joints. Because of this we use a variety of gentle techniques to adjust the ankle that are effective in restoring the alignment of the ankle. Most times, the ankle will immediately reduce in swelling and improve in motion following an ankle adjustment. To schedule your first visit with one of our chiropractors click here.
Can a chiropractor help with plantar fasciitis?
Yes! Plantar fasciitis is described as inflammation to the plantar fascia ligament which fans across the bottom of the foot. It is most commonly caused by a sprain/strain injury causing microtears 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 relieves the pressure of surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. As the pressure of the fascia is reduced and able to move normally again, the foot will start to feel better and the body can heal. To schedule your appointment with one of our chiropractors click here.
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 pain and discomfort, inflammation, redness, and even numbness. Typically the process for the foot to develop faulty mechanics happens over years due to things such as wearing poor shoes, walking (gait) issues, or trauma to the foot. 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 people will turn to surgery to get the bunion removed, only to discover that it will show up again months later. This is because the root cause of the problem was never fully corrected.
At Lifespring Chiropractic, we treat 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, which will commonly relieve the symptoms associated with the bunions. This is important to ensure that the problem doesn’t continue to worsen over time. To schedule your appointment with one of our chiropractors click here.
Pronation is a natural part of walking and running. 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 excess strain on the big toe and second toes. It also is a common cause of shin splits (medial tibial stress syndrome) and posterior tibialis strain due to the abnormal rotation it puts 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 that may be tight and inflamed due to over-pronation. After adjusting the foot, we will recommend specific exercises to help strengthen the foot and correct the abnormal mechanics. To schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors, click here.
Do chiropractors help with heel spurs?
Chiropractors adjust the bones and joints of the foot that can release the pressure associated with a heel spur. Just like a bunion, a heel spur takes years to form. It is caused by repetitive stress on the foot and ankle. Specific adjustments to the foot and ankle allow the tendons, muscles, and ligaments of the foot and ankle to move freely and 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. Many times, the bump will come right back, unless the root cause of the problem is corrected. At Lifespring Chiropractic we correct the root cause and teach prevention of reoccurrence through lifestyle changes and exercises. To schedule your first appointment, click here.
Chiropractic for Foot Tendonitis
Tendonitis of the foot can occur due to many things such as sports injuries. There are multiple risk factors that can increase the chances of tendonitis of the foot 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.