Are Your Feet To Blame For Your Back Pain?

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When we suffer from pain we typically assume the problem is coming right from where the pain is.  This frequently is not the case with our bodies because everything is connected through fascial tissue and our nervous system.  For instance, I see people for tension headaches all the time, but the actual "cause" of the headache is almost always coming from the upper neck, not the head.

When someone comes to our Hopkins chiropractic office with chronic lower back pain I will almost always do a 3-D laser foot scan which gives me a high-tech picture of the bottom of someone's feet that helps determine if there might be problem with the structures within them, specifically if there is a pronation issue.  This is when the foot tilts inward because of lack of support from the arches, as in "flat feet".  That's another thing, our feet actually have THREE arches that need support to keep the foot in balance.  But how does this affect the lower back?

A pronating foot tilts inward.  This makes the tibia, the lower leg bone, and the knee twist slightly inward as well.  Knee pain, therefore, can also be associated with flat feet.  The femur, the large upper leg bone, then ends up meeting the knee at a bad angle causing one hip to be higher than the other, or positioning the hips in a flexed or extended postion.  If any of this happens an imbalance in the lower back is created, usually leading to low back pain at some point.

Often this lower back pain seems confusing to my patients because there typically wasn't any incident or injury that they can recall of as to a "cause".   Without proper assessement in looking at all parts of the body, it can be very easy to miss the root of the problem.  I've had many patients come to me after trying things from massage to physical therapy, to injections to even having seen other chiropractors where all treatment was focused only in the lower back and other than getting either very short-term relief or no relief at all they decided to give me "a try".  If I find that the feet are the real cause of the back pain, setting up the patient with Foot Levelers custom orthotics can be a life changer.  The back pain doesn't keep coming back, or if it does, it is much less frequent and is much easier to get rid of with less treatment down the road because the orthotics are specifically designed for the exact needs of the patient to keep all three arches in the correct postion which aligns the rest of the leg bones and hips.

If you've been dealing with lower back pain, or even knee or foot pain, and are looking for answers give us a call at 612-655-3073 or request an appointment online HERE!