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Men and women both can have foot problems. But women are especially susceptible
because many women wear shoes smaller than their shoe size and shoes with heels. Pregnancy is also a contributing
factor due to increased weight gain.
- Bunions The big toe points towards your
other toes accompanied with pain and often swelling on the
outside of your big toe. This is caused by a misalignment of
the phalangeal metatarsal joint of the first digit.
Treatment: I get great results with treating this
problem with adjusting the toe following percussion, taping, and having
the patient take proteolytic enzymes to aid in
breaking down inflammation within the joint. I then teach the patient
how to adjust their own toe/s. This is the most common foot problem
- Plantar Fascitis The bottom of the
becomes tight and contracted and hurts to walk, especially
without comfortable shoes. This is an inflammation of the
plantar fascia. Fascia is a dense connective tissue that
gives structure to your arch. When the fascia becomes inflamed
it contracts and gets adhesions.
Treatment: I get great results with percussion,
gentle manual tarsal (foot bones) mobilization, and proteolytic enzymes to
aid with inflammation reduction. Occasionally I prescribe
custom made orthotics. I take a mold of your foot here at
the office and send it to a company that makes the orthotic.
- Morton's Neuroma Sharp
pain on the bottom of the foot at the base of the toes.
Caused by a fibrous adhesion around the interdigital nerve generally between
the 2nd and 3rd distal metatarsal.
Treatment. Once again percussion
is helpful to loosen the adhesion then I gently traction the
phalanges (toes). I also recommend B-Complex
and Formula 303 to aid in nerve
recovery and relaxation of the foot ligaments. Generally that's all it takes.
Several treatments over time are generally needed.
- Skin and Nail Problems (nail fungus / athlete's foot
/ warts) Common symptoms of fungus are
yellowing of the nails, pitting and flaking of the nails, and
cracking heels. Athletes foot causes a red
itchy rash with flaking or peeling skin. Treatment usually
involves supplementation with Exspore
and Total Virx to
support immunity and aid in elimination of fungus, and
directions regarding daily foot care. I also
recommend the anti-fungal over-the-counter cream Tinactin.
- Plantar warts causing shallow to deep pitting in the
skin, generally at the pads of the feet (on
the heel and under the great toe). Warts are most often
caused by a virus in the body.
Treatment involves supplementation with Total
Virx and Multimune.
These two supplements are, what I call, the one two punch for
supporting immunity. I also recommend removing any excess
callus formation at the pads of your feet with a pumice stone.
Cotton socks and good foot hygiene are important here.
- Heel Spurs Symptoms include painful heels
while walking, and on occasion a deep ache in the bottom of the
heel even when not bearing weight on the feet. A heel spur is a calcification of
the heel bone (calcaneous) that extends into the fascia (dense
connective tissue) of the
foot. In my opinion a heel spur is caused by a calcaneal
(heel bone) misalignment.
Treatment involves adjusting the misaligned
calcaneous, percussing the fascia and that's usually it. A
few treatments is generally necessary and heel spurs resolve in
the majority of cases within a couple months following
treatment. On occasion I may recommend concurrent
care with your medical doctor for a cortisone injection.
This is not a complete list of the foot conditions I treat, If you have any problems with your feet
I would be happy to talk with you about your condition and help you
find a solution. Chances are we can treat you naturally and very effectively without
the use of drugs or surgery.