Feet and Your Health: A Guide for Chiropractic Patients

Your feet have three crucial functions: they support your body; they help you to move; and they help protect your bones and soft tissues from damaging shock stress. Performing these three strenuous tasks day after day often leads to some type of foot and/or body problem. Being overweight, having structural defects in the feet, or having injuries can contribute to additional foot and body stress. By the age of twenty, nearly 80% of us have some kind of foot problem, and by age forty almost everyone does.

Three common foot problems are Pronation, where some foot bones drop to a less stable position if the foot arches are too weak to keep them properly aligned. The arches may be unnaturally stretched, “flat feet”, increasing stress. Plantar Fascitis is a stress irritation to the elastic tissues running nearly the entire length of the foot. Heel Spurs are deposits of calcium on the heel bone that if left untreated can become quite painful. Even if your feet don’t hurt, a weakened foundation may seriously affect the rest of your body. If you are currently having knee, hip, low back or neck pain, your feet may not be supporting joints, bones or soft tissues above the ankles.

How Chiropractic Can Help You

Depending on your specific condition Dr. Provasoli can provide you with a conservative, non-surgical) treatment program to help you feel and function better, such as: Manipulation of the foot to stabilize your postural foundation and to help relieve related stress/pain to the rest of your body and/or use of Spinal Pelvic Stabilizer Orthotics to help your feet maintain their structural and functional balance as you stand, walk, or run.

Robert Provasoli, D.C., PS
Chiropractic Physician

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