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Why Do I Have Foot Pain?

Foot pain can have a number of sources; a common one in our society is excessive pronation of the feet.  Surprisingly, few people who have excessive pronation will experience foot pain.  Excessive pronation is however, exceedingly common in western societies. It is estimated that 94% of people over the age of 7 years will demonstrate some degree of excessive pronation; on that basis, although it is uncommon that excessive pronation causes foot pain, on the weight of pure percentages it still does affect a lot of people.  Other sources of foot pain include trauma, disease processes or a combination of these two factors alongside the biomechanical effects of excessive pronation.

Pain may arise from different structures in the foot.  Pain can come from tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, bursa, muscles and joints.  As the foot is a significant weight bearing structure, it is not uncommon to experience pain as a result of a number of these factors combining together to produce the undesirable end result.

Do I Need Orthotics?

Orthotics may prescribed for a number of reasons, the most common reason traditionally has been for foot pain.  The biggest problem faced by those with excessive pronation is that it can not be reversed.  No treatment program designed to reverse excessive pronation has consistently been shown to reverse the damage.  The arch is primarily maintained by the integrity of the plantar fascia; the muscles of the foot are inactive most of the time and therefore do not contribute much to the arch integrity.  Once the plantar fascia has been stretched beyond its capacity to rebound it has been permanently stretched.  To prevent the foot pain associated with excessive pronation the arches need to be supported with orthotics.  Research suggests that the most effective type of orthotic is one that supports all three of the arches in the foot, is flexible to allow the normal movement of the foot to occur and provides minimal support.  Minimal support? you might be asking.  What we are trying to achieve here is enough support to prevent the excessive pronation occurring but not enough to actually create further changes in the alignment of the foot, potentially causing other reasons for foot pain to occur.

Another reason to prescribe orthotics is to support the realignment of the pelvis that the chiropractic adjustment is trying to achieve.  The most common reason that excessive pronation occurs is as a result of adapting to a pelvic tilt.  Our brain is obliged to keep our eyes level with the horizon; so if our pelvis tilts we have to make some changes to maintain our eye level.  One of the ways we adapt is to change our foot posture which eventually creates changes in the foot structure.  The two then interact and create a vicious cycle which sees both of them worsening over time.

So if foot pain is a part of your life, there are ways to change that and create a better functioning you in the process.  Contact us at Bull Creek Chiropractic Centre to have your foot function assessed and let us help you address this problem.  Call us on 9310 1788 of via email at info@bullcreekchiropractic.com.au .

 
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