Flat Feet and Your Aching Back

Fort Collins Orthotics and Back PainIt is a common misconception that the feet can’t possibly have anything to do with chronic low back pain, and most think it is ridiculous to suggest it.  Well, think again, we find this correlation time and time again being a structural cause to mechanical low back pain.  You really need to have your feet looked at!

Let’s look at the facts:

  •  Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in adults under 45.
  • 80% of all people will have at least one episode of low back pain in their lifetime
  • Most people are born with near perfect feet, but by 20, 80% of humans have a foot abnormality and by 40, almost everyone has some type of foot disorder

Do you remember the words to the old nursery rhyme, “Dem Bones”?

                The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone,

                The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone,

                The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone,

                The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone,

                The hip bone’s connected to the back bone,

                The back bone’s connected to the neck bone,

                The neck bone’s connected to the skull bone…

Just as the song suggests, it all does really start with the feet supporting the structural foundation of the body, your pelvis.  It is a bit more complicated than the song suggests, but the principle is sound, if there is something wrong with your feet the rest of your body suffers.

As you walk, the ballet of foot biomechanics makes the arches of your feet rise and fall as your leg and thighbones rotate in and out with every step.  When there is an issue with your feet, like fallen arches, this affects how the leg bones rotate, which can affect your knees, hips and low back.

Looking at the wear pattern on your shoes or noticing increased pain when wearing specific shoes are tell tale signs that your feet have a problem.  The wear pattern should look identical from right to left.  The easiest place to see this is heel wear.  You normally will wear the outside corner of your shoe, but when one corner is worn more than the other, there are definite biomechanical imbalances.

If you come into our Fort Collins Chiropractic office complaining of back pain, questions about you feet  and a structural biomechanical analysis are sure to follow, which will provide us with clues as to how big of a role your feet are contributing to your back pain.  We may suggest some type of custom orthotic or insole to help stabilize your feet, legs, pelvis, and spine, along with regular chiropractic care, to realign your lower body and spine, which will relieve the stresses being placed on your low back, reducing or even eliminating your pain..

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