Chiropractor examines feet before back and neck

Every foot tells a story

March 29, 2011Tiburon, CA - Alpha Orthotics Corp shares a story of chiropractor, Dr. Kevin Wong, D.C, Orinda, CA, who examines and treats foot biomechanics to relieve back or neck pain. Using a combination of chiropractic care, orthotics, and bunion splints, he brings balance and stabilization back into the spine.

http://www.yogaartandscience.com/pblog/archive/files/b53d003be513f52204bd33ed82803a83-287.phpFrom the perspective of Dr. Kevin Wong, “Every foot tells a story”, and here is a story about his practice. A patient comes into his office and complains of back pain or neck pain. She may be surprised to notice that Dr. Wong does not start the examination with her lower back or neck; rather he starts with examining her feet. She may be further surprised, when Dr. Wong concludes her problem is not the spine or neck, rather it is an imbalance in one or all of the three arches in the foot.

 “The body is a fluid, kinematic chain of events,” according to Dr. Wong, “and is not static.” Every heel-strike during the gait cycle causes a shock wave to travel up through the body, hitting stress points such as the feet, knees, pelvis, lower back, and neck. It only takes one of the three arches of the foot to be out of alignment to cause pain in another part of the body. Dr. Wong states, “Every biomechanical imbalance is transmitted to the spine.”

Properly supporting all three of the natural arches helps stabilize the spine. Over time, arches tend to flatten which place additional stress on the fore foot, leading to the development of bunions and bunion pain. Bunions further exasperate the imbalance, sending shock waves up through the body to structural stress points. 

Dr. Wong believes, “Using a bunion splint that provides support to the three arches is an effective way to prevent stress on other parts of the body. I noticed Bunion Aid® because it is the only day or night splint that supports all three arches - longitudinal, medial, and transverse arches - while straightening the big toe.” This hinged splint facilitates a normal balanced gait cycle which helps stabilize the spine.

About Dr. Kevin Wong, DC

Dr. Kevin Wong (http://www.orindachiropractic.com) has been a practicing Chiropractor and International Lecturer for over 14 years since graduating from Palmer West Chiropractic College in 1996. Although he is well versed in neck and back treatments, he specializes in the feet and extremities of the body. In particular, he educates his patients about how feet affect health conditions throughout the body. He treats all age ranges and many types of painful conditions with a variety of traditional and lighter force Chiropractic techniques.  In addition to having a full-time practice in Orinda, CA, Dr. Wong teaches over 50 hours of continuing education per year on understanding the spine and extremities of the body.

About Alpha Orthotics Corp

Alpha Orthotics Corp. (http://www.alphaorthotics.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of German Hallufix Corporation.  Alpha Orthotics markets and sells patented, German-engineered non-invasive orthotic products directly to consumers and to the medical community. Alpha Orthotics is committed to informing people about Hallux valgus by providing information about foot health and preventive treatments.

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