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How many bones are in the feet?

How many bones are in the human skeleton? If you guessed 206 you are correct. Now, how many bones are in each foot? Give up? There are 26 bones in each foot, 52 bones in the feet combined. That is about ¼ of the bones in the body. One quarter of the bones in the body are located in the feet. So why am I talking about this? Because with 52 bones in the feet, that means there are a lot of joints. In chiropractic, motion in the joints is a big focus.

Many people have come into the office saying they have plantar fasciitis simply because they self-diagnosed and that is a very common condition known in the foot.  While it is true that plantar fasciitis is very common, there are other conditions that cause foot pain. Furthermore, plantar fasciitis is normally the painful result of something else whether it is flat feet, poor biomechanics in the feet, and/or bad shoes.

That being said, pain and immobility in the feet can lead to other areas of concern away from just the foot. For instance, if your foot is limited in dorsiflexion (bringing your toes back towards you), then every time you walk or run your body has to compensate to move. Over time, that can lead to significant pain and dysfunction throughout the body, increasing chances of getting injured. Immobility in any joint can be a problem that is fixed with chiropractic adjustments.

The feet are often an overlooked part of the body, particularly if you are not experiencing any pain there. Come in today to get evaluated. Both Dr Harlow and Dr. Nichols are trained in the evaluation and treatment of extremities. Give Northwest Wellness a call at 253-927-0660 to set up an appointment.