Resolution of Morton’s Neuroma in Foot with Chiropractic

A documented case study published in the January 4, 2016, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research describes the case of a elderly woman suffering with the foot problem, Morton’s Neuroma, being resolved by chiropractic.

Resolution of Morton's Neuroma in Foot with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor central best yelp google reviews 5 starsIn describing this condition, the Mayo Clinic website states, “Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes.”

The authors of this case study note that chiropractic care is not the treatment of feet. The goal of chiropractic is to allow the body to heal itself. They describe, “The goal of chiropractic care is to optimize the body’s function by restoring nerve system integrity through the correction of vertebral subluxation. Vertebral subluxation can be defined as ‘a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health’.”

In this case, a 63-year-old woman went to the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Clinic with a variety of symptoms. She noted that she had been suffering from right foot numbness and tingling for ten years, as well as neck and low back pain for as long as she could remember. Additionally, she reported headaches for the past three years.

A chiropractic examination was performed for the presence of subluxations. Care was started for correction of her subluxations at the rate of three visits per week for a month. The results of the study showed that by the second visit the patient was noticing an increased overall range of body motion. She also reported that her posture had improved by about visit 5 or 6.

By the 10th visit, the woman reported that the numbness in her toes had been corrected. This was followed by complete resolution of the toes tingling by the next visit. At the one month point of care, she reported improvements in walking, standing, sitting, lying, sleeping, digestion, and exercise.

In their discussion, the authors of the study summed up this case by saying, “This case study reports on the positive improvement in a 63-year-old woman with Morton’s neuroma receiving chiropractic care. This case study adds to the growing body of evidence that chiropractic care can positively influence the physical health and function of individuals with Morton’s neuroma.”

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Resolution of Plantar Fasciitis with Chiropractic: A Case Study

What causes Plantar Fasciitis? Can Chiropractic Extremity Adjustments Help Plantar Fasciitis?

On Oct. 6, 2014, a case study was published in the journal Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research documenting the case of a patient with plantar fasciitis being helped with chiropractic care.  According to the Mayo Clinic website, “Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.”

 Resolution of Plantar Fasciitis with Chiropractic - Austin TX ChiropractorThe study authors note how common this issue is by reporting that  in the United States, 2 million people are affected by this disorder, and it accounts for more than one million visits to foot specialists and primary care physicians each year.  They also report that there is discussion about whether this condition is inflammation or degeneration in nature. In either case, the authors consider this issue to be biomechanical in nature and therefore well within the chiropractic area.

This case involved a 23-year-old woman who went to the chiropractor complaining of bilateral foot pain. She had been medically diagnosed previously with plantar fasciitis. The pain was severe and was determined to be between a 7 and 8 out of 10 (ten being worst) on many days. Her podiatrist prescribed orthotics, and gave her foot stretching exercises to do each morning. She was also taking ibuprofen daily to deal with the pain.

The woman described her pain as worse in the morning with the right foot being more painful than her left. She also reported that although she had been a jogger, she was no longer able to jog due to the pain. Other daily activities were also being affected by her condition. She was even forced to wear only tennis shoes in order to minimize the pain when walking.

A chiropractic and orthopedic examination was performed. The results of the orthopedics test did not reveal any results.  However, the chiropractic examination did show multiple issues related to the spine and pelvis. Based on the history and the results of the chiropractic examination, it was determined that multiple areas of subluxations were present, and a course of chiropractic care was begun. The patient was also given exercises to perform at home.

After only one chiropractic visit, the patient reported significant relief and stated, “The pain is less and I can walk with significant less pain.”  After 10 visits, an update was done on the patient to check her progress. In that update she proclaimed that she “…has not had any exacerbations, her feet feel strong, more stable and great.” Shortly thereafter the patient was able to resume light jogging and wear any shoe she wanted.

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