Can chiropractors help with ankle and foot pain? Chiropractic adjustments can be performed on many different joints, including the ankle and foot.
While chiropractors do focus on the spine, many are trained in adjusting the extremities (arms and legs) as well as the TMJ joint (jaw). Anywhere two bones meet is a joint that can potentially go out of alignment and need to be adjusted.
The ankle is a fairly simple joint and patients respond well to the typical ankle adjustment. In our office, the adjustment is something like pulling on your foot in a specific way to get the ankle joint to move. The relief can be immediate.
However, this is not a treatment for a sprained ankle, when ligaments are already stretched and torn. During the initial examination, we’ll determine if your ankle pain is due to a sprain or tear. Typically, we wouldn’t adjust a new injury.
Most patients in our office that mention ankle pain have had it for some time (like months or years) and just aren’t sure what else to do. They will describe the ankle as feeling “jammed” or “pinching” when they move it.
Foot pain is another story all together. The foot has a lot of little joints and can go back out of alignment as soon as you start walking on it again, due to the increased pressure from your body weight. Since the joints are small, they can shift back out of place easily.
While a nerve irritation or compression in your low back can lead to foot pain, this is most often not the case. Foot pain that’s chronic in nature should really be evaluated by a podiatrist for better results. We can help you assess if our office is the right place for you, but visiting a podiatrist for this problem is usually a better first step.
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