Hello everyone! Football season is ramping up and it reminds me of a very important issue - our feet! Not only because of the "foot" in "football", but as someone who himself has some big toe issues from his football and rugby days. If you've ever experienced things like arthritis, plantar fasciitis, sprained ankle, or fractures in the foot and ankle, then you surely know how uncomfortable and debilitating foot problems can be to our activities of daily living. The part that we sometimes forget when it comes to our foot and ankle problems is the other weight-bearing joints, such as the knee, the hip, and the lumbar spine.
As we deal with injuries and ailments to our feet and ankle, things such as our weight distribution, our gait (how we walk), and our arch heights can all be compromised. It's all a part of the brain's big plan to prevent as much pain as possible. How can we be sure that we don't have any issues with these things without the presence of pain? Getting checked out by a professional is vital to ensure a lack of symptoms down the road. Depending on the condition, a podiatrist, an orthopedic doctor, or a chiropractor are all trained to get you to where you should be for long term stabilization and pain-free living.
If you may be experiencing pain in your foot, ankle, knees, or hips AND have some past history of foot/ankle injuries, then it might be a good time to ask a specialist to scan your feet. There are a lot of ways to do this, some using foam boxes, some using rulers, some using thermal imaging. Here at Epic Chiropractic, we utilize a 3D body scanner by Foot Levelers which gives immediate results on arch heights, arch drops, pressure points in the bottom of the feet, uneven weight distribution and more! Custom-fit orthotics may be the solution you need to correct some of these feet problems you may be experiencing and there are fewer solutions better than a custom orthotic, made just for you, and able to be put into your existing shoes. Come in for a consultation if you have any questions!
Until next time!
Dr. Cyrus Laali