Knee, Shin, and Foot Pain in Wheaton
IT Band Syndrome:
IT Band Syndrome can occur when an individual performs an activity such as walking or running over an extended period of time. This repetitive motion can produce friction of the IT band around the knee. The most common friction causing spots are the outside of the thigh and knee. The discomfort may start as tightness and increase to a sharp pain if the activity continues. Often the pain can become severe and cause the individual to stop the activity. The pain can subside with rest and ice.
Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) will help lengthen the IT Band and break up the adhesions that develop within the tendon. A specific exercise program may be prescribed to address any muscular imbalances that may be contributing to the IT Band syndrome.
The term "shin splints" refers to pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia). Shin splints typically develop after a history of prolonged physical activity. Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) are caused by inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue around your tibia. Repetitive motions such as running or walking, improper footwear, tight or imbalanced muscles are common causes of shin splints.
The main form of treatment for shin splints is Active Release Technique (A.R.T.). This technique has been developed to help break up scar tissue, release adhesions between muscles and restore normal muscle tone. By using A.R.T. the tension on the tibial attachment of the Soleus is lowered thereby decreasing the pain at that area. A stretching and strengthening program will also be provided to release the tight muscle and strengthen the supporting musculature.
Calf and Achilles Injuries:
An overactive and tight calf muscle can lead to pain in the lower leg and tightness in the Achilles. Typically “knots” may develop in the calf muscle and can be tender to the touch. Tight Achilles can alter the biomechanics of the foot and alter the gait. A proper functional exam and screening process can locate these imbalances and can be treated accordingly with a soft tissue protocol, stretching, and exercises.
Ankle sprains are generally caused by a traumatic event of the ankle rolling in and out. Extreme pain, swelling, the inability to bear weight may follow. The most common injury of a sprained ankle is tearing of the ligaments around the area. Ankle sprains can be graded from minimal to severe depending on its presentation. If not treated properly, scar tissue and adhesions can develop and prevent proper blood flow and oxygen to the area which aide in the healing process. Another important treatment is adjustment of the talus and tarsal bones. This will help restore proper mobility within the joint.
Upon your first visit to the office, electric stimulation and ice will be performed to help reduce the swelling, Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) will be performed to reduce scar tissue and increase blood flow and oxygen to the area, and finally a chiropractic manipulation will be performed to help restore proper biomechanics and movement.
Ankle sprains may become asymptomatic after 2 -8 weeks; however, it may take 6 months to a year for a full recovery of the ligaments and tendons to regain their normal integrity.
The plantar fascia is a band of fibers which runs from the heel bone to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis occurs when these tissues are irritated and inflamed. Bone spurs often form on the heel if this condition is not correctly treated.
Biomechanical or training flaws such as over-pronation, flat feet, a tight Achilles tendon, a high-arched foot, or a sudden increase in training mileage often cause plantar fasciitis.
The actual plantar fascia is not the common cause of pain on the bottom of the foot.
- The Plantar Aponeurosis, a long tendon in the bottom of your foot, is often involved.
- Two muscles, the Quadratus plantae and the Flexor digitorum brevis, frequently contribute to the problem.
Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) can be extremely beneficial for this condition. Proper biomechanics of the foot can be restored by releasing the fascia and elongating the muscles of the foot. A stretching and strengthening program of the bottom of the foot can be implemented to reassure the problem does not reoccur.
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Wheaton Chiropractic Spine & Joint Center
115 West Wesley Street #2
Wheaton, IL 60187