What are the Arches in our feet, and why do we have them?
The arches of the feet furnishes the required rigidity for it to serve as a lever, facilitating the transmission of forces produced by the leg muscles when they exert pressure on the ground. Additionally, the arch maintains ample suppleness, enabling it to operate akin to a spring by storing and subsequently discharging mechanical energy.
You use your feet daily, often without much contemplation. They transport you to your workplace, accompany you on hikes, and join you in dancing with friends. However, it’s typically only when they cause discomfort or pain that we truly acknowledge the importance of our feet.
How is the foot made up?
The foot possesses three arches, namely two longitudinal arches (medial and lateral) and one anterior transverse arch. These arches take shape through the arrangement of tarsal and metatarsal bones, with support provided by the ligaments and tendons within the foot.
A brief lesson in anatomy can enhance our understanding and appreciation for these industrious foundations. Your foot comprises four arches:
- Inner Longitudinal Arch: Extends from the ball of your foot to the heel, and its length and height can differ from person to person.
- Outer Longitudinal Arch: Acts as a shock absorber, cushioning the rolling motion of your foot while walking.
- Transverse Arch: Concealed within the foot, positioned above the heel.
- Metatarsal Arch: Spans across the front of the foot, particularly in the area off the ball of the foot.
Your foot’s arches are upheld by a complex network of over 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These four arches primarily function as shock absorbers when you are standing, walking, or running. Without these arches, your feet would lack much of their resilience, struggle to absorb the impact of each step, and be ill-equipped to adapt to uneven terrain
A skilled chiropractor, such as Dr. Wendy, will assess the mechanics of your body and examine your alignment, making necessary adjustments or fine-tuning. With over two decades of experience, she has the expertise to ensure the appropriate alignment adjustments. If you’re experiencing hip discomfort or persistent back pain, there’s a good chance it may be linked to your feet, the fundamental support for your body. Through a comprehensive evaluation, she will diagnose the most suitable treatment plan to help you regain your mobility and well-being, ensuring you’re back on your feet, in the right way!
What can I Do at home to take care of my Feet?
- Draw a Foot Bath: Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salts for relaxation and pain relief.
- Do Some Stretching: Gentle stretching exercises can help alleviate foot discomfort and improve flexibility.
- Practice Strengthening Exercises: Strengthen the muscles in your feet with exercises like toe curls and resistance band workouts.
- Foot Massage/Pedicure: Pamper your feet with a massage or pedicure to relax and care for them.
- Arch Supports: Consider using arch supports or orthotic insoles for added comfort and support.
- Alternate Your Shoes More Often: Switch between different pairs of shoes to reduce pressure on specific areas of your feet.
- Ice Your Feet: Apply ice to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
- Applying Topical Pain Relievers: Topical creams or ointments designed for pain relief can provide temporary comfort.
- Get an Adjustment: Visit a chiropractor or healthcare professional for adjustments that can improve your alignment and alleviate foot-related issues.
Potential treatment options that could be considered include:
- Chiropractic Manipulation: Manipulation of restricted joints in the ankle can promote increased motion and improved functionality at the affected joint.
- Massage Therapy: Progressive cross friction massage, focused on the origin of the fascia, can help break down scar tissue and promote healing.
- Low-level Laser Therapy: This therapy can stimulate the regeneration of fibrous tissue and aid in the repair process.
- Shockwave Therapy: It has been demonstrated to have various effects, including stimulating the natural formation of new blood vessels, increasing blood vessel formation, reducing calcification, and decreasing areas of inflammation.
Call Attuned Vitality Chiropractic and Wellness today. Don’t ignore foot pain. Allow us to assist you in returning to the activities you love with a strong, pain-free foundation!