Suffering with Chronic Ankle Instability? We can help!

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  1. Do you experience your ankles giving way when walking or doing other activities, or even just standing?

  2. Do you experience chronic pain or swelling in your ankle?

  3. Does your ankle feel wobbly or unstable?

  4. Have you experienced multiple sprained ankles in your lifetime?

  5. Are you an athlete or especially physically active?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you might suffer from chronic ankle instability. This condition usually develops after a person has suffered repeated sprains, and leads not just to a giving-out of the ankle but also to pain and swelling. Sprained ankles are a very common injury, with more than 25,000 people suffering a sprain each day. When left untreated, the ligaments that were sprained could heal with one in a lengthened position or with scar tissue, which leads to ankle instability.

Another cause of ankle instability is over or under-pronation. Pronation is the motion of the foot as it rolls, and if you have a tendency toward over or under-pronation, you are putting more stress on one side of your ankle.

You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from chronic ankle instability. Many things we do in our daily lives can cause this condition, including wearing high heels or loose-fitting clogs, tripping and falling, or landing awkwardly after a jump.

Treatments

If you’re suffering from the frustration and pain of ankle instability, Foster Chiropractic can help. The first step in the treatment process is to come in for an assessment. We will assess range of motion and possibly do an x-ray to examine your ankle. Next we’ll look at treatment options, which include:

Chiropractic Adjustment. This helps improve blood flow to the ankle which reduces pain and inflammation, as well as strengthening the joint. Adjustments can help increase mobility and flexibility. Scott Foster is certified as an extremity practitioner, so he brings a special expertise to conditions such as ankle instability.

Orthotics. Customized orthotics can help keep the ankle in alignment and prevent excessive pronation. At Foster Chiropractic, we use Foot Levelers to assess your gait and create custom orthotics to help improve your ankle’s performance.

Strengthening exercises. Foster Chiropractic takes a holistic approach to healing, which means we want to give you practices to improve your health both in and out of the office. For people with chronic ankle instability, we provide exercises to do at home that will help improve the strength and stability of your ankle.

If you suffer from chronic ankle instability, contact our team at Foster Chiropractic today. We can schedule a consultation to help you find a way to enjoy the activities you love pain-free.

Getting your best rest

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Here at Foster Chiropractic Clinic, Sports & Wellness, we care about your overall health and well-being. One of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle is getting a good night’s sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get between 7-10 hours of sleep each night, but reports show that almost one-third of adultsare getting less that than. Living a life that is sleep deprived can be detrimental to your health, as sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity and depression, and people who aren’t getting enough sleep are known to get sick more often due to a lowered immune system. It can also lead to dangerous behavior such as drowsy driving. 

 We wanted to share some ways to help make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep each and every night. We want you to have the energy to do all the activities you enjoy during the day, whether it’s being alert at work and school to working out or playing with your kids.

 Practice Good Sleep Hygiene

We often associate hygiene with keeping clean, things like taking a shower and brushing our teeth on a regular basis. But the definition of hygiene is the practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, which means good sleep habits are also included in healthy hygiene practices. Some easy steps to follow to help you get a good night’s sleep include:

·      Keeping a regular time for going to bed and waking up each day, whether it’s a weeknight or a weekend. Staying up late and sleeping in on a weekend might seem like a good idea at the time, but it only makes it harder to get to sleep when you go to bed earlier on Sunday night.

·      Avoid caffeine after noon.

·      Keep your bedroom dark and cool to promote good sleep.

·      Avoid watching TV or looking at your phone right before going to bed.

 Become Pillow “Wise”

In addition to your bedtime routine, the condition of the bed you sleep also plays an important role in getting a good night’s sleep. Good posture is just as important while you’re sleeping as it is when you’re standing or sitting. If your spine isn’t aligned during the night you could suffer from neck or back pain, headaches and restless sleep caused by snoring. 

 A good mattress to support your spine is an important part of a good night’s sleep. What’s firm enough (but not too firm) will be different for every person, but make sure it’s not so squishy that you feel like you’re free-falling when you get into bed. Researchers also found that regardless of the price or brand of beds, people reported better sleep when sleeping on a new mattress. If your mattress is over 10 years old, it might be time to replace it.

 Your pillow also plays an important role in sleep quality. Having a pillow that supports the head and neck properly is as important as a good mattress in keeping the spine properly aligned. That means your favorite pillow that you’ve spent years breaking in might not be the best pillow for your back. A pillow should adapt to the contours of your neck and provide the right support to keep the spine in a natural position. Without that support, you could suffer not only from poor sleep and restricted spine function but also tension headaches.

 Chiropractic pillows are a good option for ensuring the proper support during sleep, and we recommend the Pillowise products. Made in the Netherlands, these pillows have a high-quality Memory foam center and a removable, washable cover. We custom-fit these pillows to your unique head and neck shape to ensure you a good night’s sleep on a comfortable pillow that properly supports your spine.

 Come in today to see how comfortable the Pillowise products are and how they can help you get quality rest and feel better during the day.

 

Foot Adjustments to Relieve Plantar Fasciitis

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Our primary goal here at Foster Chiropractic, Sports & Wellness is to help you feel and be healthy, and have the ability to participate in all the activities you enjoy. For people suffering from plantar fasciitis, foot pain keeps them from participating in many daily activities. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel that’s usually worse first thing in the morning, or after standing or sitting for long periods of time.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the pain caused when a person has small tears and inflammation in the ligament that runs across the bottom of the foot. This ligament is the plantar fascia, and it connects the heel bone to the toes.

Who is at Risk?

There are many different things that can lead to the development of plantar fasciitis. Age, obesity and exercise are all factors that play a part in causing wear and tear on that plantar fascia, which can lead to inflammation and damage. Wearing shoes with inadequate support, or having a foot with abnormal mechanics, can also put stress on this part of the foot. Some occupations have a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Jobs where you’re on your feet on hard surfaces for long periods of time, such as teachers and factory workers, are more prone to plantar fasciitis.

How Can Foster Chiropractic Help?

Chiropractic care cannot heal the tears in a person’s plantar fascia, that healing takes place over time. But there are ways to reduce the pain and help avoid additional issues so that you are feeling better and on the go as soon as possible.

Foot & Back Alignments. Often we see that patients suffering from plantar fasciitis will change their gait to reduce pain in the foot. Unfortunately, this can lead to misalignment of the spine which can cause back or hip pain in addition to the heel pain already in place. Regular chiropractic alignments can help reduce the chance of suffering from additional pain and help you maintain a proper gait while suffering from plantar fasciitis.

Massage. Professional massage of the heel, foot and lower leg is one way to reduce the pain and inflammation that occurs with plantar fasciitis,

Strengthening exercises. We can show you exercises for the foot and lower leg muscles that will help reduce the pain suffered from plantar fasciitis and speed the healing process.

Orthotics. Making sure your foot is supported and your gait is in line are two ways to help heal plantar fasciitis and prevent future occurrences. Dr. Foster uses Foot Levelers technology to assess your gait and help fit you with custom orthotics that will help provide the support you need.

If you’ve been suffering from heel pain, come in today for a consultation. We have what you need to ease your plantar fasciitis and get back into the active life you enjoy.

Thank You for 19 Years!

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We are proud to celebrate 19 years of Foster Chiropractic Clinic! It’s hard to realize that much time has passed - the years have flown by.

So much has changed in nearly two decades – what a journey it has been (or maybe roller coaster is a better description.) The obvious changes are that I have a few more wrinkles and a little less hair. Our daughter, Taylor, was just a toddler when the practice opened and is now a sophomore in college, and our baby boy is now 6’1”.

But this celebration is really about you, our patients. Thanks to you we have grown the business, and I have continued to learn and grow as a chiropractor. When I graduated from chiropractic college in 1999, I knew all about how to adjust cervicals, thoracics, and lumbars. I was trained in taking x-rays, adjusting extremities, applying therapies, showing support exercises, and basic business practices. But it’s been the support, encouragement, commitment to health, and confidence in our care from our patients that has made all the difference.

The practice, our staff and I have weathered a lot over the years. In the economic downturn of 2009 many local businesses didn’t survive, but we did thanks to our loyal patients. In 2016, when I suffered a stroke and spent the summer recovering, our patients stuck by us. When Scott was shoveling snow from the parking lot, customers waited patiently until we were open. When the AC was out and we were all sweating, it became just another fun memory to share.

We also love the fact that our patients celebrate with us in the fun times. Remember when we dressed up in Halloween costumes, the Ice Bucket Challenge, holiday feasts of pulled pork and cake balls? You helped us donate fans to Senior Services, canned food for various local groups, water for those in need. You listened to my stories of parenting challenges, softball games, graduation plans, and beach vacations.

At this milestone for Foster Chiropractic Clinic, we want you to know how grateful we are for you, our patients. I truly believe the best is yet to be, but the past nineteen years wouldn’t be so special had it not been for you.

Manage Your Migraine with Chiropractic Care

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Julie S. came in our office suffering with chronic migraines. She was medicating her way through the monthly battles with debilitating pain. Then she would miss a few days of work while the meds would treat the pain, but would also knock her out. She would sleep up 24 hours straight while they worked out of her system. Sound familiar? This doesn’t have to be you.

Migraines affect more than 38 million people in the United States. And having a migraine can place a toll on enjoying everyday life, causing people to miss out on work or other events

According to Migraine.com:

·      91% can’t function normally or miss work during migraines

·      59% missed family or social events

·      49% said they had to restrict activities for at least one day

 What is a Migraine?

Migraines are more than just a headache. Migraine sufferers report a debilitating throbbing pain that is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, blurred vision and sensitivity to light and sound. 

Causes of migraines include family history, hormonal changes, emotional stress, alcohol, caffeine, changes in sleep pattern, changes in weather, or physical strain. 

Unfortunately, migraines are poorly understood and often go undiagnosed or undertreated. Without getting the necessary help to understand migraine headaches and its variety of potential causes, people who suffer from migraines might not be getting the right treatments to help ease the pain and prevent further headaches. 

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

At Foster Chiropractic, we are dedicated to helping migraine sufferers understand their headaches and employ lifestyle changes that will help them feel better overall, and hopefully reduce the negative impact of migraines in their everyday life. One of the important first steps is talking with patients to understand their family history, migraine triggers and other lifestyle habits. Often we can suggest dietary changes and nutritional advice that can help with migraines. It’s also helpful to get a thorough family history, to understand each patient’s case more thoroughly.

Spinal manipulation and chiropractic adjustments can also help relieve migraine symptoms by improving spinal function and alleviating stress on your system. Studieshave shown that patients who received chiropractic care for migraines once or twice a week for eight weeks saw a reduction in migraine symptoms. The outcomes that were improved were migraine frequency, intensity and duration, leading to improved quality of life.

Massage is another therapy often used in treating migraines. It helps relieve stress and alleviates tightness of the muscles in the head, neck and shoulders, improving the blood flow to those areas and lessening the impact of the headache. 

Finally, as a chiropractor we are especially in tune with posture. We can help provide advice on improving your posture and suggest exercises and relaxation techniques that can help you prevent the onset of migraines in between chiropractic appointments.

If you’re suffering from migraines and frustrated with having to miss out on work, daily activities or special occasions, it’s time to find some help. Call us today to get on the road to a life uninterrupted by migraine pain.

Speed the Healing with Cold Laser Therapy

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More Americans complain of suffering from pain than the number of people who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. According to the National Institute of Health, pain is the most common reason Americans seek medical help, and one in every four Americans have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours.

Those statistics are not surprising to us here at Foster Chiropractic Sports & Wellness. Many of our clients come to us for help with pain relief, whether it’s back pain, a sports injury, arthritis, or some other type of pain. We use a comprehensive approach that includes a number of types of treatments in addition to the alignments many people associate with chiropractic care. One of those types is cold laser treatments. 

How Cold Laser Therapy Works

Cold laser therapy uses a low level of light to accelerate healing. It’s called cold therapy because the light is set at such a low frequency that it will not heat the body tissues. The laser is held directly above the injured area and set at a specific wavelength to interact with tissues. 

The light passes through the different layers of skin to reach the muscles that are experiencing pain. Once there, the light interacts with light-sensitive elements in the cell to initiate a series of events that result in the reduction of pain and inflammation. The process can be compared to photosynthesis in plants, how the cells absorb light from the sun and convert it to energy.

Candidates for Treatment

Cold laser therapy is used to treat many different types of pain, including arthritis, carpal tunnel, knee, neck and back pain, as well as tendonitis, tennis elbow and bursitis. This type of treatment is appealing to people who are looking for non-pharmaceutical approaches to pain management. It is non-invasive and painless, and treatments last only a few minutes.

We usually recommend multiple treatments for best results. Patients will see a decrease in pain over time while using cold laser therapy. It may also be used in conjunction with other types of treatments, such as spinal alignments or decompression therapy.

To learn more about cold laser therapy and how it can be used to treat pain, call today to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Foster. 

Spinal Decompression Therapy -

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At Foster Chiropractic Sports and Wellness we treat a lot of different things, but one of the most common reasons people call to schedule an appointment is - no surprise - for back pain. When you look at the statistics, the reason is obvious. Whether it’s muscle strain, bulging discs or arthritis, more than 31 million Americans suffer from back pain at any one time. 

Spinal decompression is one way to treat back pain for people suffering from bulging, degenerating or herniated discs. Spinal decompression uses motorized traction to stretch the spine, which takes pressure off the spinal discs. This relieves pressure on the nerves and other structures in the spine, and also helps promote movement of water, oxygen and fluids around the spine. 

Foster Chiropractic Sports and Wellness is offers patients this proven non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. The advantages of this type of treatment include:

·     It’s non-invasive. Chiropractic care and non-surgical spinal decompression are avenues of relieving back pain without going through a surgical procedure. 

·     There’s no recovery time. Unlike surgical procedures which can keep patients bed-ridden and out of their normal routine for weeks, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy helps relieve spinal pressure with no pain and no side effects.

·     Safe for all ages. This type of therapy has been proven effective and safe for patients of all ages.

 How it Works

Spinal decompression uses the same principles of traction that have been used by chiropractors for many years to relieve pressure on the spine. Our spinal decompression table is built in two parts which pull apart from each other. Sensors on the table indicate wither a patient’s muscles are resisting the stretch being applied. Once there is resistance the stretching stops, and then is applied again. By taking resistance into account, the chiropractor is able to use the table to effectively relieve pressure in the spine.

 Spinal decompression therapy usually involves a few treatments, each taking about 30-45 minutes.

“This form of treatment has proven to be very successful in our practice,” said Dr. Scott Foster. “We’ve seen patients come in to the office with pack pain so debilitating that they had to be carried in for their visit, and after treatment they were able to walk out unassisted.” 

If you’ve been suffering from back pain and are looking for non-surgical treatment options, spinal decompression might work for you. Call Foster Chiropractic today at 336-778-2242 to learn about your options of treatment.

Protect Against Cold/Flu with Chiropractic Care

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The cold and flu season is already upon us. It seems as if we hardly have time to bid farewell to summer before we say hello to sneezing, coughing and runny noses. As always, one of the best defenses against getting sick is to wash your hands often. Be sure to scrub as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song to be sure you’re doing a thorough job.

In addition to washing off germs at the sink, there are some things you can do to help your body fight off illness. Make these immune boosters part of your lifestyle for a healthier winter.

Eat foods rich in antioxidants. It’s a given that eating a diet consisting of many different fruits and vegetables is good for you. But did you know those foods contain antioxidants that can help strengthen your immune system? Antioxidants team up to fight free radicals, which are chemicals that can damage cells and the genetic material inside them. The body makes free radicals as it processes food and toxins, and antioxidants either stop free radicals before they form or break them down so they’re harmless.

The best rule of thumb when looking for foods high in antioxidants is to choose foods that are bright and colorful. Top on the list of super foods are: red grapes, blueberries, strawberries, carrots, sweet potatoes and dark green vegetables like kale and broccoli.

Exercise regularly. Exercise improves your body’s overall health and fitness, and can help reduce stress. Countless studies even show that regular exercise can cut down on the number of colds a person gets. So get out there and take a walk after work, go for a run, ride your bike, or play in the backyard with your kids. Getting outside in the fresh air or spending some time in the gym will do you good.

Make an appointment for a chiropractic adjustment. In research published by the Chiropractic Journal of Australia, patients who received a chiropractic adjustment showed a higher immune response than before treatment. The central nervous system functions at its best when the spine is correctly aligned, and helps the body’s immune responses. If you’re already suffering from a cold, that same research found that people report speedier recoveries after an adjustment!

Stay well this fall and winter by incorporating these healthy habits into your regular routine.