Back pain is a common problem: in fact, 90% of Americans report experiencing back pain at some point in their lives. There are many factors that may contribute to back pain, ranging from age to obesity. However, very few would suspect that the main culprit could be their feet.
Your feet can trigger back pain in a number of ways. Here’s a list of which foot issues could potentially affect your back, and what you can do to address these problems:
Signs to Watch Out For
- Your feet hurt in general.
- One side of your shoe wears out first.
- Your feet point inward or outward when you walk.
- You suffer from extreme pain in your heels, ankles, shins, or knees.
- Your toes are abnormally crooked.
- You have fallen arches or flat feet.
- You sprain your ankle more than the average person.
How Your Feet Impact Your Back
The structure of your feet and the way you walk directly affect your level of shock absorption. Therefore, any structural issues with your feet impact your ankles, shins, knees, and ultimately your back. This is seen most commonly in those whose feet pronate or roll inwards. This dysfunction usually results in fallen arches and flat feet, which lead to a number of serious foot problems. Fallen arches and flat-footedness can misalign your spine and ruin your posture, both of which can cause serious back pain.
Steps to Take
The best and most efficient way to correct any foot problem is to purchase orthotics. While there are several over-the-counter orthotics brands, it is always best to consult a foot care professional to have custom molds or foot scans made. Custom orthotics are the only way to ensure that your unique foot needs are being addressed and corrected properly. Once the structural issues have been taken care of, your posture and alignment will normalize and remove the stress from your back, easing your foot, leg, and back pain.
It is also important to wear shoes that provide proper support and stability for your ankles. The right footwear can also correct a number of foot issues, in turn remedying your back pain.
If you suffer from chronic back pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Vikki today to thoroughly inspect the condition of your feet. For this and other foot-related issues, feel free to contact us with any questions and concerns.