What are Misaligned Feet & Why Should You Care if You Have Foot Pain?

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Aug 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

pain_in_a_mans_bodySometimes you’re faced with an issue, like foot pain, which is caused by an underlying problem, but you don’t really know how to fix it. It’s easier to think, “out of sight, out of mind” even though the issue is always in the back of your mind. It’s kind of like when you sit down for lunch at a table that is off balance.

You might try a few things to fix the wobbly table, like putting a napkin under one of the legs, or placing something heavy on the opposite end of the table for balance. But it doesn’t solve your wobbly table problem that causes you to spill your drink or distracts you from the conversation. The only thing that will is fixing the underlying issue and replacing the short table leg.

When your feet are misaligned, you are the wobbly table. You can have all sorts of issues, like aggravated foot problems, chronic foot pain, or pain in your knees, hips, back and neck. The only way to fix these problems that are preventing you from doing activities or causing you chronic pain, is to solve the underlying issue – misaligned feet.

What causes foot misalignment?

When your ankle bone (talus) slips off your heel bone, it causes the naturally occurring space (the sinus tarsi) to collapse. This leads to an excessive inward rotation of the ankle, also known as over-pronation or hyper-pronation. When the ankle rolls inward it causes misalignment in the feet and secondary problems in the rest of the body. When the feet are misaligned, it causes a chain reaction throughout the body that affects not only the feet, but knees, hips, back, and neck.

Why foot misalignment matters to you

Your feet distribute the weight of your body and help you balance. Foot problems - such as an abnormal or irregular walking pattern, flat feet/fallen arches, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, over-pronation, and others - throw this balance and distribution of weight off, causing foot pain and pain in other parts of the body too.

Any abnormalities in the feet will cause pain from the weight of your body. Treating these abnormalities or anomalies of gait will help ease this pain, but only correcting the root problem - foot misalignment - will make them go away.

It’s estimated that nearly 45% of people have misaligned feet, they just don’t know it, therefore don’t know to correct the issue. The best way to correct the misalignment of the ankle bone and ease your discomfort in the rest of your body is a treatment called HyProCure®.

How HyProCure® Works

HyProCure® is a minimally invasive procedure, which means it’s done by making a small incision in the foot or ankle that places a titanium stent in the natural space between the ankle bone and heel bone to prevent the ankle bone from rolling in. This stops or decreases the abnormal, excessive motion causing the misalignment in the feet. There is no screwing or drilling involved.

The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting. Once the stent is placed, the threading around the stent allows the soft tissue within the space to adhere to the device naturally, so rarely does the device need to be removed. 

During the procedure patients are typically under twilight sleep or local sedation and experience little to no pain. They leave the office in a walking boot and are walking in their own shoes within 3 to 5 days.

If you have foot pain or pain in the rest of your body that is keeping you from activities you enjoy, don’t keep it “out of sight, out of mind” any longer. You may have misaligned feet and HyProCure® is an effective solution that can help.

Adler Footcare is classified as a Center of Excellence for HyProCure® implantation, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

Find out if you’re a candidate for HyProCure® by contacting a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare below.

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Topics: foot pain, HyProCure, Body Pain