Ankle Manipulation Podiatry Matches Chiropractic

Manual manipulation of joints goes back to 3000 B.C. in the eastern Mediterranean China and region. At the turn of the 20th chiropractic, osteopathic and century styles of manipulation were formally practiced and explained worldwide. Today manipulation (more commonly called realignment) is almost synonymous with back problems and chiropractors. Eventually a podiatrist was bound to try this remedy technique.

Last month's Journal of the Us Podiatric Medical Association presented a new Click Here To Find Out… strategy to manipulate the foot. The author Dr. Dananberg has been successfully utilizing ankle manipulation for treatment of foot and ankle pain for a long time.

Dr. Dananberg's manipulation technique increases the flexion of the ankle joint by about 5 degrees. This tremendously enhances motion for the joint. Failure from the ankle joint to correctly flex can produce ankle instability, increased forefoot pressure, leg cramping, and excessive foot motion (pronation).

Dr. Dananberg employs manipulation primarily to treat ankle instability, joint inflammation, and a tight Achilles' tendon (equinus). However, manipulation may also help for other feet and ankle situations: heel pain, Achilles' tendonitis, neuromas, bursitis etc.

It is not recognized exactly why manipulation of joints is effective to treat pain. It has been suggested that there is a connection between joint motion and pain understanding. This phenomenon is described by other everyday routine examples: rocking a child with colic to relieve pain or speedily shaking your hand right away upon injuring your finger.

I asked Dr. Paul Puetz (Complete Chiropractic Centre of Marshall) to clarify how ankle adjustment alleviates muscle and pain attachment stresses in the lower extremity. Dr. Puetz presented a thorough explanation from your chiropractic point of view:

"Excessive foot pronation is a problematic problem that effects most adults. Research shows that excessively pronated ft . produce torque forces that exert internal rotation stresses towards the pelvis, legs and hips and lumbar spinal column. Normal walking can exert forces 5 times a person's bodyweight upon the ft . and ankle. These forces surge in the leg to the spinal column eventually reaching the top just 10 milliseconds later. Ultimately to stabilize the spinal column, chiropractic must address foot and ankle problems."

To sum up, ankle manipulation is a good technique to add to a physician's treatment toolbox. There is no evidence of undesirable side effects unlike soreness pills. It is inexpensive and non-invasive.