Did you know there are 26 bones in each of your feet? These bones are arranged into a pattern forming up to 4 arches in each foot. Your arches are designed to absorb a large percentage of the shock and force from each step you take. The average person walks several thousand steps every day. A sedentary person may only walk a couple thousand steps, whereas a more active person could easily walk over 10,000 steps each day. Knowing this, it makes logical sense why 72% of Americans will suffer with disabling foot pain during their lifetime according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.
When the arches of your feet are intact, you stand a much better chance of maintaining healthy feet, knees and spine. When you lose the healthy alignment of one or more of the 26 foot bones, your feet will begin to experience dysfunction. Your foot is not able to absorb the shock and stress from each of those steps you take on a routine daily basis. We see a lot of patients who were either born with flat feet or they developed arch problems after years of stress to their feet. During a woman’s pregnancy, due to an increase in relaxin hormone accompanied by weight gain, expectant mothers may lose the healthy alignment of their foot joints. This can lead to acquired flat feet and a host of foot problems to follow.
We are able to help most patients with flat feet, providing them significant relief, improved function and better arch alignment. Specific chiropractic adjustments to the bones and joints of the feet are crucial to restoring optimal foot health and arch integrity. Our chiropractic clinic is very unique in that we focus on adjusting the feet in addition to the spine to improve overall alignment and function.
Through getting the feet adjusted, in certain cases some patients may experience an actual restoration or their foot arches. Some patients even report changes in the appearance or sizing of their feet. Most patients who have arch problems and foot pain or dysfunction will experience significant relief, improved flexibility, and arch function with chiropractic foot adjustments.