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Lower Extremity Problems – Leg, Foot & Ankle Pain

Like the upper extremity, leg pain may come from spinal problems transferring pain into the leg. However, leg pains are also often due to muscle or joint problems resulting from overuse, trauma, sports injuries, or just from everyday carrying of our body weight. Occasionally, nerve compression syndromes also occur, causing numbness or tingling and sometimes pain.

Treatments for these muscle problems may include ART, Graston Technique, stretching, strengthening, and other manual treatments. As a result of treatments like ART or Graston Technique, scar tissue adhesions are broken down to improve healing and stimulate growth of new tissues.

Problems in the Joints

Specializing in diagnosing and treating joint dysfunction, chiropractors can help fix alignment problems. Taking care of your joints ensures proper mobility. When joint dysfunction sets in you lose your ability to move freely and can experience increased muscle tension and pain. Chiropractors are trained to find these joint restrictions and adjust them to restore full motion, relieve pain, and help you regain normal muscle function. One way to fight joint dysfunction is through rehab exercise. It helps to rebuild muscle strength, balance, and flexibility while preventing re-injury.


Sciatica is pain which can be severe going from your buttock to your foot caused by the pinching of a nerve in your back. These nerve compression syndromes can also cause numbness or tingling and weakness. These conditions can often be treated successfully with muscle therapy techniques and/or correction of joint dysfunction. For cases where the pain doesn’t go away with standard treatment, the chiropractors at Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic, in Calgary, have Western Canada’s first DRX 9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression equipment. This technology is FDA approved and has been shown to be successful in relieving pain for up to 86% of patients with these conditions. Visit for further details on this equipment.

Upper vs. Lower Extremities

Unlike the upper extremity, the lower extremity must carry all your body weight. For some people who don’t sit at work, your legs carry you most of the day, and for athletes, the forces of landing on your feet during running, jumping, skating, skiing, blading, and boarding are many times greater than that of standing or walking. For this reason many problems of the lower extremity cannot be provided long term relief without correcting any problems that may exist with the function of your feet. Plantar fasciitis, bunions, heel spurs, shin splints, patello-femoral syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome as well as other conditions are all, at least in part, due to poor foot biomechanics, and correction of the poor foot mechanics needs to be part of the total treatment of the painful condition.


Correction of poor foot mechanics is accomplished with the use of orthotics. Like eyeglasses, foot orthotics correct foot mechanics only while you wear them. The chiropractors at Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic use the latest computer technology and work in conjunction with a podiatrist to create the best correction of your foot function with Footmaxx™ orthotics.

Often muscle therapy, correction of joint motion, and rehab are performed in conjunction with foot orthotics in order to achieve the best results. Neglecting one aspect of treatment may only provide a fraction of the improvement that will be achieved with proper performance of all four combined.

Find relief for your hip, knee, and ankle pain in Calgary. Call Alberta Back and Neck Rehab Sports Injuries Clinic for more information.