Heel and foot pain, spurs, tight tendons, and stiffness could be signs that you had a long day, you wore the wrong shoes, or that you have a common condition known as plantar fasciitis, along with nearly 2 million other Americans. For many of us living busy lives, we often brush off our own health unless or until we experience excruciating pain or some form of debilitation. But, foot pain, even a mild amount, is nothing to put on your to-do list for when you have time. The feet are the foundation of the body and when your feet aren’t operating at 100%, neither are you. Identifying, diagnosing, and treating plantar fasciitis can be fast and easy, leading you to have more comfort as you handle everything else in your life.
Gait cycle used to be a gigantic pain for me. Like everyone else training to become a chiropractor, I was exposed to it very early in my curriculum. What was the point? Today, after two decades of treating patients, I have come to see the gait cycle in a whole new light. I now use it as a tool to help me diagnose issues with the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back.
There is a delicate relationship between movements of the lower extremity and associated stability of the pelvis and spine. A link has even been uncovered between low back pain and the subsequent development of cervical symptoms, suggesting a chain of reactions throughout the musculoskeletal system. For a healthy patient, we must help establish patterns of joint and muscular interactions that function automatically, from head to toe.
Low back pain impacts not only our patients but also businesses. Data shows that low back pain in the workplace has reached epidemic proportions. As chiropractors, we have the ability and the responsibility to help our patients improve their health and wellness.
By now you may have seen the recent news. According to a report by the National Safety Council, Americans are now more likely to die from opioid overdose than in a car crash. Talk about devastating. The report states Americans, as a group, have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose and a 1 in 103 chance of dying in a car crash.