Dr. Douglass Toth
1223 College Ave, Suite 100
Santa Rosa, CA

Foot pain

The foot contains 26 bones held together by a sophisticated network of ligaments, fascia and tendons that provide structural support with load bearing activities like walking, running, and jumping.  How well all of these elements work together determines the integrity of the arch and biomechanics required for proper gait.  The foot is the base of the kinetic chain that connects the knee, hip, pelvis, low back and even upper back and shoulders.  Conditions related to the foot can be related to sudden trauma like a sprain,  repetitive trauma over time like plantar fasciitis or stress fracture, neuropathy related conditions like sciatica or diabetes, or even arthritis.

Below are some foot related conditions commonly treated in our chiropractic office:

  • Strain or Sprain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Mortons Neuroma
  • Heel Spur
  • Arthritis
  • Stress Fracture
  • Achilles Tendonitis


A good history, range of motions tests, palpation, and orthopedic and neurological tests in our chiropractic office can determine most issues related to the foot and ankle.  Sometimes special tests like X-ray or MRI are required to gain more clarity and occasionally a referral to a specialist may be needed for more complex cases.


Once the problem has been determined then a plan is assembled to resolve the complaint.  Chiropractic adjustments to the joints in the foot and ankle, and even knee and pelvis help to normalize altered biomechanics and encourage the body to heal.  Trigger point release, home therapies, stretches and strengthening exercises may be advised as part of the recovery process.  The timeline for resolution depends on the patients overall health, the extent of the injury and compliance with treatment plan recommendations.


When the arch of the foot starts to collapse its called pronation and can range from mild to severe.  Sever foot pronation is often referred to as flat feet.   Whether mild or severe, foot pronation compromises the biomechanics of the foot and can lead to many conditions mentioned above.  Basic arch support is available in retail stores and may be enough to make a difference.  However, custom arch support designed for the specific needs of your foot and built to endure years of heavy use are often more cost effective and more capable of meeting the complex needs of the unique structure of your foot.

Treatments of chiropractic care can correct misalignment and return you to a state of wellbeing. Contact Dr. Douglass Toth today by calling 707-526-1390 or email us to schedule an appointment for your foot pain treatment today.


What is foot pain?

Foot pain is characterized by pain in any part of the foot, including the toes, heels, or ankles. 

Why does my foot hurt?

Some common causes of foot pain include poor lifestyle choices, medical issues, corns, bunions, warts, and calluses. Your doctor may ask you several questions, take tests, and conduct physical tests to make a diagnosis. 

I think I’ve broken a toe, what should I do?

The most common symptom of a broken toe is throbbing pain and swelling. The skin near the injury site may look temporarily bruised or its color may change. The only way to be sure whether you have a broken toe is to see a doctor. If your toe hurts when you put weight on it, your doctor may order an X-ray or other tests to determine if you have a fracture. 

What causes foot pain?

Foot pain can arise from many different causes. It may develop as a result of conditions that affect structures in the foot. Typical examples include Achilles tendonitis and Plantar fasciitis. Deformities such as calcaneal valgus, mallet toes, and bone spurs are other common causes of foot pain. In many cases, trauma from an acute injury or repetitive injury can give rise to pain. 

How can I relieve foot pain?

Try these remedies to get rid of foot pain –

➢ Apply an ice pack to the affected area.

➢ Try NSAIDs such as celecoxib, ibuprofen or diclofenac (after consulting your doctor).

➢ Use the RICE (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation) method.

➢ Regularly stretch your feet and the calves.

➢ Practice strengthening exercises.

What are treatment options for foot pain?

Here are some treatment options for foot pain –

➢ Rest until symptoms subside.

➢ Use a heel lift or stable shoes to correct muscle imbalances.

➢ Use NSAIDs for pain relief.

➢ Try rehabilitation exercises and strengthening exercises to restore depleted strength and endurance.

➢ Try shockwave therapy to reduce foot pain symptoms.

➢ If nothing works, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair the damaged tendon.

How do I know if my foot pain is severe?

You know your foot pain is severe if:

➢ You are unable to put weight on the affected foot.

➢ You have severe swelling or pain.

➢ Symptoms do not subside after you have exhausted non-surgical treatment options.

When should you consult a doctor if you have foot pain?

See your doctor immediately if you have a health condition, severe pain, a fever, or cannot walk or put weight on the affected foot.  

What are the symptoms of foot pain?

Some common foot pain symptoms include a burning sensation and pain along the outer side of the foot in the toes, heels, ankles, or tendons.