By: Dr. Gary La Rocca, D.C.
Old Tappan Chiropractic
Chiropractors seek to restore the body to an optimal state of functionality, and primarily focus on the spine; however the entire skeletal structure must be considered when treating patients. A definite bio-mechanical relationship exists between the spine, pelvis, legs, and feet. The body wants to be “in balance” and the different components of the body are not separable. Postural or bio-mechanical abnormalities in one area of the body can and do affect seemingly unrelated areas, which can cause pain and dysfunction. This type of referred pain can be difficult for both patients and doctors to discern.
Most patients have some type of distortion and may have some degree of internal or external rotation of the feet. The feet are made up of many bones and act as the foundation of the weight bearing human frame. Other parts of the body, whether muscular or osseous, can be affected with painful and chronic conditions when our feet are affected by some type of distortion, such as flat feet, fallen arches, heels spurs, and plantar fasciitis to name a few. The feet have several functions; not only do they support our human frame, but they provide our forward movement and help absorb shock which is generated by walking or running. Anything we can do to help eliminate these distortions and help reduce the shock on the human frame is a “step” in the right direction.