Chiropractor Questions foot pain

Foot pain from tennis. What can a chiropractor do to help?

I play tennis a lot and I have severe foot pain, mainly in my heel. I wanted to know if a chiropractor can actually help relieve this pain so I can continue playing. If they can, how can they help?

14 Answers

The foot contains 26 bones and 20 joints with hundreds of ligaments, tendons, and muscles helping with structure, stability, and function. If one or several of these bones are misaligned it can cause a tremendous amount of foot, heel, or ankle pain as well as strain on the muscles and tendons. Chiropractic adjustments to the foot and ankle can help to relieve the pain and any strain in the ankle allowing you to continue to play with less pain or without pain entirely.

Pain can be caused by a variety of different problems so a thorough examination and possibly diagnostic imaging would need to be done to determine the cause of your pain. Heel pain can be caused by misalignment of the ankle or foot bones, heel spurs, achilles tendonopathy, ligament sprain, stress fracture, or a variety of other issues.
See a podiatrist first.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that involves pain and inflammation along the arch of the foot in the tissue that runs from the calcaneus or heel bone to the forefoot. Some people experience pain in the arch of the foot while others experience the discomfort more towards the heel bone depending on where the tissues are breaking down. Over time a bone spur may form on the front of the calcaneus as the body attempts to stabilize the area. The bone spur can contribute to the pain.

The main cause of plantar fasciitis is from repetitive tearing of these tissues from a fallen or dropped arch. Treatment approaches involve supporting the arch with orthotics and assisting soft tissue healing and repair. Ultrasound or cold laser may be used on the soft tissues to promote healing. Stretches and exercises can be given to further assist in the healing cascade.Pain in the foot is not always from tearing of the plantar fascia. Other causes include neuromas, peripheral neuropathy, tendon tears, arthritis and joint degeneration, gout, bone bruises and fractures. It is particularly important to have an accurate diagnosis before a treatment plan is formed.

The staff at Frisco Spinal Rehab is knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with different types of foot pain. The chiropractic doctors can coordinate care with local podiatrists for more difficult cases. If you are experiencing pain in your feet and need a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, contact Frisco Spinal Rehab today.
Sounds like the start or progressive Plantar Fasciitis. First Rest! Modalities like stim therapy, dry needling, Ultrasound, Supportive tape (k-tape) and physiotherapy treatment will help you heal and may be able to get back sooner.
Diagnosing the cause of the foot pain is key as to if chiropractic will help. If your foot pain is possibly plantar fasciitis, chiropractic adjustments can help to restore proper motion to the ankle and foot. With plantar fasciitis also comes ligament, muscle, and fascia inflammation. A chiropractor who also does acupuncture will be able to treat those issues as well.
Hope this helps!
First thing first. Must have an exam and evaluation done to determine the cause of the pain. The location of the pain is not always the cause since nerves in the lower back join together to form the sciatic nerve which runs all the way to the feet, the cause of the pain could very easily stem from the low back. A full spine evaluation is needed to get to the cause of the problem in order to be able to successfully eliminate the pain. Corrective chiropractic adjustments can easily resolve foot pain. There are times that the bones in the foot itself needs adjusted and possibly orthotics worn during activity to support arches.
It all starts with a good patient history and exam. There are many reasons to have foot/heel pain - low arches, heel spurs, ill fitting or improper shoes, mechanical joint dysfunction, etc. Treatments can consist of manipulation, custom molded arch supports and physical therapy. Try to find a chiropractor that is trained for this condition, and good luck!
Yes, a chiropractor can help with this situation. A thorough examination is needed to rule out conditions that may simply require time off from playing tennis if there happens to be a hairline fracture or significant heel spur growth from plantar fascia irritation. Aside from those conditions, a chiropractor would be able to mobilize the joints in your foot or ankle that may be contributing to you pain by restricting movements, release soft tissues and prescribe corrective exercises based on the type of foot you have; a flat foot, high arch, rigid or hyper-mobile foot. Depending on who you see, there are also various techniques that may also speed your recovery, but a proper examination is the first step.

Taronté E. Venable, DC, DACNB
Mostly likely you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or a heel spur. Chiropractic manipulation and physical therapy can help this condition. At my office, I have a shockwave therapy machine that is very effective for treating heel pain along with custom orthotics.
First and foremost, a foot exam would be performed to determine the extent of the injury. If the chiropractor is comfortable with continuing on with treatment, they will. I, for instance, would perform a series of foot and ankle adjustments to make sure the bones are in their proper orientation, following that some soft tissue work may be performed, pending the type of injury.

Most tennis players I see usually have one or two bones misaligned within their foot. Additionally, they usually may have a preexisting sprained ankle that did not heal completely. I am trained in an advanced soft-tissue technique called MyoFascial Disruption Technique. This particular technique allows the doctor to assist the body to heal quicker than the conventional means (R.I.C.E. & U.S.). If you would like further information about the technique, please follow: https://www.drcam.rocks/services (https://www.drcam.rocks/services).
It's probably plantar fasciitis. Therapy and adjustments can help you fix it.
It depends on what is causing the heel pain. If it stems from tight or overworked leg muscles, then yes. Myofascial techniques are very helpful for this. If the pain stems from a heel spur or bone bruise, soft tissue therapies and/or passive modalities combined with foot exercises may still help. Imaging will be required to determine the latter.
Assessing the issue and adjusting your foot, using therapeutic laser, and home care instructions are all things a chiropractor can do to help you.
They can help you by identifying the structure or tissue that is causing the pain and providing the appropriate therapy. This could be Plantar Fasciitis or Fat Pad Syndrome, for which any Chiropractor will have treatment options.