Look to Your Feet for Back Relief
Many people seek lower back pain relief without ever really knowing what is causing the problem. Often pain may be triggered when lifting something that was too heavy or simply twisting in the wrong direction. In many cases, lower back pain has everything to do with how you are walking. Each walking step can be adding to the stress on their back. Since poor posture is one of the biggest reasons for lower back pain, correcting your posture from the ground up is a vital part of reducing or eliminating your back pain.
If your foot over-pronates (rolls inward) when you walk you are likely causing undue stress to your back. That inward rolling motion produce a torque force which causes internal rotation of the legs and hips. This motion, over time, can cause ligament instability in the low back and sacroiliac (SI) joints which generates chronic back pain.
Custom made foot orthotics can greatly reduce these forces and bring your body back into a better posture therefore reducing the stress on your back.
If you are a hard lateral heel striker (look at the bottom of your favorite shoes and see if the outside part of the heel is more worn than the inside), the vibrations which travel through your body can perpetuate and aggravate your back. Your feet are meant to absorb shock, but for those who strike the ground hard on each step, or have very rigid feet, the forces your feet were supposed to absorb must be taken on by some other part of your body. That force often gets taken on by the low back.
A custom-made foot orthotic can be created to absorb that shock before it hits your foot, therefore reducing the effect of ground forces on the back. Orthotics basically work to bring the feet back into a normal balance that resonates upward through the legs and into the spine.
The Orthotic Solution
Our clinic offers a 2 for 1 program, which is great! It provides patients with the choice of 2 different or the same styles of inserts for same price. So, let our office provide you with orthotics to fit all your needs!
Did you Know…Fun Foot Facts
- The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. 25 % of the Bones in the Body are in your Feet.
- Walking is the best exercise for your feet.
- The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, 128,000 km over a lifetime. That’s enough to go around the circumference of the earth three times!
- When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight.