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Belltown Spine & Wellness has helped thousands of people over the past 25 years regain their health and vitality in Seattle.

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Belltown Spine & Wellness Services

Belltown Spine & Wellness is an integrated health and wellness center that has helped thousands of people regain their health and vitality in the greater Seattle area. Services are customized and targeted for each individual's health goals.  Dr. Scott Mindel, Seattle chiropractor and owner of Belltown Spine & Wellness, created the signature 4-step program that is specifically designed to help patients recover from chronic neck and back pain conditions along with using the latest rehabilitation techniques available today.

Corrective Chiropractic Care

Belltown Spine & Wellness practices the state-of-the-art Corrective Biophysics Technique using Mirror Image exercise, adjusting and postural traction to correct the spine, and posture deviations back towards normal alignment and balance. Founder, Dr. Scott Mindel's 4-step Method has helped his patients restore overall health for over two decades in Seattle.

Massage Therapy

Belltown Spine & Wellness offers different types of massage to best suit individual client needs and preferences, including deep tissue, Swedish, and Manual Ligament Therapy, sports massage, lymphatic drainage, Healing Touch, trigger point therapy, reflexology, craniosacral, intra-oral, and pre-natal massage.

Naturopathic Medicine & Acupuncture

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the body, mind, spirit, and emotions in the quest for optimal health and wellness do one can achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance in life. Naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and chiropractors target the root cause of an issue as opposed to simply reducing or managing symptoms.

Our Seattle Chiropractors & Doctor

Dr. Scott Mindel

Dr. Scott Mindel

Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Gion Monn


Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Julie Sutton

Dr. Julie Sutton

Naturopathic Doctor / Licensed Acupuncturist


Big toe, great toe, or the medical term "hallux"—whatever you call that first toe of yours, it's an important digit you don't want

to injure, because it could turn out to be a bigger problem than you think.

One such injury is "turf toe," something that happens in football or other sports when the toe is forcefully bent in the wrong way. Other types of big toe injuries occur during everyday activities, such as dropping a heavy object on the foot or even badly stubbing your toe.

"The important thing to remember is that even though it's just a toe, an injury to the big toe can be a big problem," says Michael Cornelison, DPM, FACFAS, foot and ankle surgeon in Cupertino, CA and Fellow member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. For this reason, medical attention is needed if the symptoms—pain and swelling—don't resolve after a few days.

Turf toe varies in severity, ranging from a mild sprain to broken bones and a complete disruption of the ligaments around the big toe joint. "Turf toe can be significant and put an athlete out of commission for quite some time," says Dr. Cornelison.

More commonplace big toe injuries—such as stubbing your toe or dropping something on the toe—also vary in severity and may involve broken bones, a ligament sprain, and a crushed or torn-off toenail. If the toe was injured by something sharp such as a lawn mower or weeding tool, the damage could include deep cuts or worse.

"The logical reaction to most big toe injuries is to think that it's just a mild sprain, and to simply rest and let it recover," says Dr. Cornelison. "That's fine, if the injury really is mild. But if the symptoms continue for more than two or three days, it may be more serious and it needs to be evaluated."

Timely evaluation is critical because waiting too long closes the "window of opportunity" for effective treatment and full recovery. This is especially true if the sesmoid bones—two very small bones in the area of the big toe—are broken or dislocated. If a broken bone is neglected, it could become a fracture that won't heal and could create problems down the road.

"The quicker the treatment is started, the better the result will be," emphasizes Dr. Cornelison. "That's why we don't want patients waiting too long to have it evaluated."

Evaluation often includes taking x-rays, and sometimes an MRI, to determine the extent of the injury. Part of the evaluation process is also detecting whether potential problems could develop in the future.

Treatment for a fractured sesmoid bone may seem out of proportion to its tiny size. It might include a prolonged period of wearing a cast and not bearing weight on the foot. In addition, the surgeon may use an ultrasound or electric bone stimulator to treat the injury. In some cases, surgery is performed to remove one or both of the fractured fragments.

Some factors can make a person more prone to big toe injuries, such as participating in football, soccer, basketball, baseball, dance, gymnastics, and other sports. In addition, people who have had previous injuries to the big toe or have arthritis around the big toe joint might be at higher risk.

Whatever the cause leading to a big toe injury, Dr. Cornelison advises: "Be diligent about seeking treatment with a foot and ankle surgeon so you won't lose that important window of opportunity."

For more information on big toe injuries and foot and ankle health, visit the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons' patient education website at FootHealthFacts.org.

SOURCE American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons