We have all experienced pain in our foot or ankle at some point or another, whether it’s plantar fasciitis or a sprained ankle, etc.
But did you know you can get your feet and ankles adjusted? It’s true! I adjust a lot of feet and ankles on a daily basis.
If you stop to think about it, each foot is a complicated mechanical structure. Each foot contains 26 bones and 33 joints. So that’s 52 bones and 66 joints across both feet that are bearing the brunt of every impact from every step you’ve ever taken, whether it’s from walking, running, jumping, playing sports, being in the military, you name it. It is safe to say that one of those bones is going to misalign at some point in your life.
The problem is when it is not addressed, it will eventually get worse and worse, which will only increase your pain over time, and possibly lead to a more serious situation that could result in surgery. Once it is addressed, we want to maintain the positive changes we first established with an adjustment.
Think about it. If you want to learn how to play the piano, you don’t practice one time and play elaborate concertos the next day. Even concert pianists practice hours daily. If you want to get stronger in the gym, you don’t lift weights one time and deadlift 400 lbs the next day. Olympic weightlifters and competitive powerlifters have spent many, many years developing their strength.
Once your pain and symptoms have been reduced or alleviated, the focus shifts to preventing the longterm devastating misalignments originally found in your spine and extremities, specifically the feet and ankles for purposes of this article. In chiropractic, this is maintenance care. With more stressors in our environment than ever before in the history of mankind, it’s impossible for your body to hold one adjustment for the rest of your life. Just like the concert pianist wants to maintain an elite level of talent, you will want to maintain your improved health and vitality. It just makes sense to get your spine periodic checkups the way you get regular checkups for your teeth with the dentist.
With chiropractic, adjustments can be made to the bones of the feet and ankle, alleviating much of the discomfort felt, as well as providing a more stable base with which to stand upon. If foot pain and/or ankle pain is something you’re struggling with, chiropractic might just help you!