Many people come to The AIMS Clinic suffering with foot pain. Teachers find it difficult to stand on their feet all day, athletes find it painful to jog or run, and construction workers may need over the counter medication to get through the day. Whether shoes no longer seem to fit or pain is preventing you from going up or down the stairs, foot pain relief is needed.
The foot is amazing! It is the foundation of athletic movements of the lower extremity. We use it to take on average 5,000 steps a day. It is the one of the most complex body parts – consisting of 28 bones -7 tarsal bones, 5 metatarsal bones, 5 proximal phalanges, 4 middle phalanges, 5 distal phalanges and 2 sesamoid bones, which are linked by several joints, tendons, muscles and ligaments. From time to time… our amazing feet become injured and whether it comes on gradually or suddenly… foot pain results.
There are many factors or causes of foot pain. These include:
It is important to note that the cause of foot pain may originate from other parts of the body – such as the back or over pronation of the foot. For this reason, working with a member of our Healthcare Team is vital to detect and correct the cause of symptoms. If you are suffering with heel pain, have flat feet or experiencing any type of discomfort, we can help.
When someone comes to The AIMS Clinic in pain, he/she receives compassionate care from our Team of Experts. Foot pain relief begins with a conversation, a one-on-one with our Clinic Director to discuss how you are feeling, daily lifestyle, events that may have lead up to your pain, therapies you have tried and your health goals. You will be completing a thorough Health History along with description of your pain.
During the evaluation process, you may speak with one or several of our Doctors and Therapists in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Our Specialists include Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Podiatrist, Acupuncturist and Nutritionist – each looking for chemical, structural or muscular factors. On-site digital x-rays are available, should that be necessitated. Our Team will then create a customized treatment program to eliminate foot pain and help you restore your daily activities based upon the diagnosis.
Dr. King, DPM or as we refer to him as, “The King of Podiatry”, along with our Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Teams will determine the cause or causes of your foot pain. Some of these causes or factors include:
Having a Team of Experts assembled in one location, along with having a 3,000 square ft. gym help to accelerate healing by integrating several treatments. There is often no need to travel to various Doctors and Therapists for foot pain relief because all your care is available at The AIMS Clinic.
Podiatry: At The AIMS Clinic, we provide the highest quality, evidence-based treatments of foot and lower leg disorders. Using the latest techniques, patients are able to reduce or eliminate their foot pain, as well as understand why symptoms developed. When creating an effective, tailor-made treatment program, we take into account your physical condition, age, activity level and of course – your lifestyle. Custom molded orthotics and bracing, castings, tapings, strappings; along with infrared laser therapy, electric stimulation, ultrasound and cryotherapy are offered. Footwear is evaluated and recommendations are provided.
Physical Therapy: The focus is on pain relief, healing, restoring function and movement via a customized exercise program (stretching and strengthening exercises), ultrasound, electric stimulation, assistive devices, taping – and by motivating and supporting each patient. In addition, a home exercise program is provided.
Chiropractic: There are many techniques and therapies utilized by our Chiropractors. Options include soft tissue techniques, physical manipulation, massage, heat therapy, cold therapy and TENS.
Acupuncture: In general, Acupuncture reduces pain and improves function by restoring vital energy – Qi and blood flow in the body. Additionally, it increases levels of endorphins in the central nervous system – decreasing the distribution of the body’s pain signals to the spinal cord level and modifies foot pain perception.
Nutrition: Blood and urine testing by our Medical Director may reveal imbalances and toxins, which may contribute to pain. Once identified, we can customize a nutrition and supplementation program to correct imbalances. If additional pounds are a concern, a healthy weight loss program can be created.
Lifestyle Recommendations: It may be necessary to modify activities that are causing pain and/or discomfort at home and in the workplace. In addition, proper posture at all times (sitting, standing, sleeping, etc.), following a healthy diet, wearing comfortable, supportive footwear, and maintaining spinal health with monthly maintenance are vital to ensuring foot pain relief.
Here at The AIMS Clinic, our holistic approach provides foot pain care to the “whole” person – not just addressing symptoms. Our Team is dedicated to helping you eliminate pain and returning to an active lifestyle.