Foot Pain Specialist

David Chen, DC

Chiropractor located in South Pasadena, CA

Foot problems can range from mild discomfort to severe, disabling pain. If you have problems with your feet, see Dr. David Chen, DC, in South Pasadena, California. Dr. Chen serves the greater Los Angeles area and specializes in the Blair upper cervical chiropractic technique, a gentle form of chiropractic care that aims to improve the alignment of the first two vertebrae in the spine and reduce nerve problems and pain throughout your body. To set up a consultation, call or book an appointment online today.

Foot Pain Q & A

Why does my foot hurt?

Foot pain can occur on the top of your foot, along the inside or outside of your foot, in the arch of your foot, or in between bones or joints. Anatomical structures in your foot that can cause pain include:

  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Plantar fascia
  • Nerves

Nerve pain can cause sharp, shooting, or burning pain, while muscle and joint pain may produce more achy, stiff, or sore sensations.

What types of nerve conditions affect the feet?

Different types of nerve conditions can affect your feet. These conditions may be related to your central nervous system — nerves that begin in your spinal cord or brainstem and travel through your body to your feet — or peripheral nervous system — including branches of nerves that exist only in your feet. Conditions that can affect the nerves in your feet include:

  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Pinched nerves
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Trauma
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Disc herniation
  • Whiplash injuries

To determine whether your foot pain is coming from the central or peripheral nervous systems, Dr. Chen completes a thorough exam and evaluation.

How are foot problems diagnosed?

In order to diagnose the cause of your foot pain, Dr. Chen begins with your medical history and asks questions about your foot pain. He’ll ask about the location and severity of your pain and activities that make the pain better or worse. He’ll then perform an exam of your foot, ankle, and leg. He may also examine your lower back or spine if needed.

In some cases, Dr. Chen may take X-rays or refer you for an MRI. If your foot pain is related to a central nervous system issue or problem in your upper cervical spine, Dr. Chen will outline a treatment plan to help you. Other cases of foot pain may be referred to other specialists in the area.

How are foot problems treated?

Dr. Chen uses the Blair upper cervical chiropractic technique to reduce misalignments in the first two vertebrae of the spine. The adjustments are low-force and don’t include the popping and cracking associated with traditional chiropractic adjustments.

Misalignments of the upper cervical spine can put pressure on the spinal nerves that begin near your brainstem and continue throughout the rest of your body. When misalignments cause irritation to this area, they can cause problems from your head to your toes. Improving the movement and function of these joints can reduce nerve pain in many places, including your feet.

If you’re dealing with foot problems, get help from Dr. David Chen, DC, by calling or booking online today.