Hip, Leg, Knee, and Foot Pain
It’s normal to take mobility for granted when everything is working as it should, but pain in the hips, legs, knees, or feet can interfere with even the most basic tasks and bring life to a grinding halt. Pain that comes on suddenly is typically caused by injury or trauma, and is usually fairly easy to diagnose.
When pain comes on gradually, the inclination is to learn to deal with it, but this is unwise as it will only grow worse. When pain is acute (sudden) or chronic (gradual), chiropractic care can provide low risk, widely accepted method for most causes of pain.
If you find yourself taking pain medication, whether prescription or over the counter, you may be doing more harm than you realize. Pain medication can offer quick and easy relief, but does so by simply masking the problem, which ultimately makes the problem worse. Chiropractic starts by looking for the root cause of the problem and finding ways to treat the problem, gently, and without drugs or surgery.
Some hip, leg, knee, and foot problems that can be helped by chiropractic include:
- Pain in the knee which may be accompanied by groin stiffness which can indicate early stage arthritis in the hip.
- Pain, swelling and stiffness in the knee after injury or trauma that may indicate a torn meniscus. This type of injury can also cause clicking or popping sounds when exercising.
- Plantar fasciitis, which is characterized by heel pain that is worst in the morning. Plantar fasciitis can be difficult to treat, but chiropractic can succeed even where other treatment methods fail.
- Weakness and inflammation of the hips, knees, or ankles, which may have any of a number of causes.
The reason chiropractic is frequently so much more effective than many other treatment methods is not just because it treats the underlying cause of the injury, but it also seeks to strengthen the body to reduce the risk of future injury. Some techniques often used by chiropractors to treat pain in the legs, hips, knees, and feet include:
- Myofascial Release – This technique is commonly used to treat knee pain, and tightness in the lower back, hips, and legs. Myofascial release is a type of deep tissue massage that loosens the muscles in the affected area to restore range of motion and ease pain.
- Active Release – This technique is commonly used to treat meniscus injuries, one of the most common sports-related knee injuries.
Even if you aren’t currently experiencing pain, chiropractic care can still determine whether you may have an issue that could eventually cause you pain, and address it before it does.
Many problems in the legs, hips, knees, and even lower back originate with the feet. Think about it. There are 26 individual bones, 33 joints, more than 100 ligaments, and 20 intersecting muscles, in each foot. Each of these parts is vital to allowing your foot to bend, rotate, flex, and support your weight.
Your feet are almost constantly under stress, especially if you are woman who enjoys high heels. If you’ve ever noticed that your shoes tend to wear out more on either the inside or outside, you could be on the path to a painful condition.
A chiropractor can evaluate your feet, including how you walk, how you distribute your weight, and whether you have any abnormalities that could be affecting you. From there, your chiropractor can recommend orthotic insoles to help make sure you are properly balanced and aligned so you can avoid future pain. Insoles are custom made for your foot, so you get the exact support you need, exactly where you need it.
Whether you are experiencing pain or think there could be an issue that could become painful, call Chatfield Chiropractic now on (03) 9303 9952 (Roxburgh Park) or (03) 9746 3977 (Sunbury) to arrange an appointment to find out how chiropractic can help you.