Can Chiropractic Help Relieve Your Leg and Foot Pain?

Lower extremity pain is one of the most common concerns we see in our offices, with folks experiencing pain and discomfort in their hips, knees, ankles and even feet.

It’s estimated that nearly 7 million U.S. adults are currently living with a hip or knee replacement. Before opting into painful or costly surgeries, or taking medications with risky side effects, let’s talk about more conservative methods of treatment first, like chiropractic!

Common Issues and Conditions

Conditions in the lower extremity area of the body typically involve the soft and hard tissues in your hips, knees and ankles, and are often the result of wear and tear, injury or overuse. Specifically affected joints include the hips, knees and ankles.

Hip Problems

Critical joints in the body, your hips control much of your movement. Injury or dysfunction can result in pain ranging from sharp to dull or numbing and tingling. Some common conditions and symptoms we see and treat in our offices include bursitis (joint pain caused by burning and swelling), sciatica (nerve pain that extends from buttock to legs), strains (inflammation) and arthritis.

Knee Problems

Your knee contains muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage and is one of the most commonly injured joints in the body. Pain and symptoms can arise from conditions such as bursitis, runner’s knee (front and outside knee pain), tendonitis (inflamed tendons in the knee), degenerative arthritis and strain (ACL, MCL or meniscus)

Ankle Problems

Pain in the foot and ankle are often the result of a sprain. Other common issues include shin splints (pain in the lower leg through the ankle and foot), Achilles tendonitis (pain in the back of the ankle and heel), plantar fasciitis (sharp pain near heel of the foot) and heal spurs.

Treating Lower Extremity Pain Issues with Chiropractic Care

If you’re experiencing pain in your lower extremities, a chiropractor can help determine the cause of your pain and devise a treatment plan that fits your individual needs. Experts in the musculoskeletal system, a chiropractic physician will use a combination of chiropractic adjustments and therapies to restore function, increase range of motion and relieve pain.

A chiropractor may be able to address specific issues with a direct adjustment to your hip, knee, ankle or foot—wherever you’re experiencing pain!

Extremity adjustments can help to restore alignment of a weakened or compromised joint, allowing for proper function. This helps to strengthen the muscles around that joint, which in turn, can help decrease inflammation and swelling.