Ask the Doc: Can chiropractic help foot problems?

Editor’s note: Dr. Philip Schalow’s featured article, “Ask the Doc,” appears monthly. This is the 10th column in the series. Send questions for Dr. Schalow to and he will answer each one individually and choose a sampling for this article.

By Dr. Philip Schalow

Can chiropractic help foot problems? The short answer is “Yes!”

One common foot problem, called Morton’s Neuroma, is caused by a pinching of the nerve between the third and fourth metatarsal, which is the set of long bones just behind your toes. As you can imagine, a pinched nerve is going to hurt, and if you’re hurting at every step, that’s not good!

I have never seen a case that could be called “neuroma” that did not respond to chiropractic adjustment. I have seen cases that failed to respond to surgery that later responded to chiropractic. Why is that?

First of all, the brain controls and coordinates everything in the body, including the muscles of the feet. We’ve known about that central importance of the brain since about the second century B.C., we just haven’t applied that knowledge consistently. The “1st Step” is to be sure that the brain can get signals through to the body.

Accidents and injuries can knock your head off center and block the flow of healing messages to the body. I have seen foot bones move back into correct relation simply under the influence of those healing messages from the brain.

Sometimes, when the bones don’t move back on their own, a different type of corrective procedure can restore their normal relationship. We apply the chiropractic principle that says your body can heal itself — all we need to do is remove the interference.

Dr. Philip Schalow is a NUCCA practitioner in Rockford. He owns 1st Step Chiropractic, S.C., 4519 Highcrest Road, Rockford. Call (815) 398-4500 for details or visit

From the Oct. 2-8, 2013, issue

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