If we have a painful foot the question has to be asked whether osteopathy can help. With a painful foot we are unable to walk properly and in many cases because our walking is affected via limping and altered gait, it then throws pressure on other parts of our body eg knees, hip , and spine and these can become painful. The painful foot is the basis on which all movement relies.
In this short article will describe how osteopathy can help a painful foot. I will concentrate on the forefoot as this is the area more commonly afflicted with painful conditions that bring patients for osteopathic treatment.
If the foot goes wrong we are then unable to walk properly and in many cases because our walking is affected via limping and altered gait, it then throws pressure on other parts of our body eg knees, hip , and spine and these can become painful. The painful foot is the basis on which all movement relies.
There are many conditions but here will talk about the most common conditions affecting the foot particularly the front.
Hallux Valgus (Bunion)
In this painful foot condition the main symptoms are:
- Limited movement as in push off when walking
- Painful swelling on the side of the first toe
- May have pain up the body eg knee , hip or buttock from uneven walking.
- Pain in rest and in walking, unable to run.
This has been talked about before on a previous blog foot problems. As an add on it should also be noted that there is often rigidity and pain on flexing the toe. This is due to osteoarthritis and though Osteopathy may help sometimes it is necessary or desirable to seek further help.
With a bunion a person cannot walk properly due to the pain and the second toe becomes painful due to weight transfer and eventually other parts of the foot become affected, leading to painful walking and a hobbling gait.
In some people metatarsalgia is the condition when the pain spreads to the rest of the forefoot and comes about when the forefoot takes on all the weight due to the bunion.
it is for this reason that a bunion needs to be taken seriously as it can cause a lot of pain and problems elsewhere. Painful
Painful foot and Osteopathy
Acupuncture is helpful in reducing the pain, and inflammation as osteopathic manipulation of the toe and fore foot, helps increase mobility. Certainly increasing joint mobility and increasing the local circulation helps the big toes mobility which mostly translates into ease of movement and reduced pain which can help long term
if pain though ensues or there is too much rigidity then surgery may be necessary.
Here a small amount of bone is taken away to give a more even look and takes of some of the strain on the joint thereby reducing pain