Could your back pain be associated with your feet?
Our feet when we contact the ground begin a chain of movements throughout the body and play a major role in how we handle forces.
Small undesirable deviations within the feet can affect how the knees, hips, pelvis and back move.
Overtime these deviations can irritate and overwork muscles, causing imbalances throughout our body.
Two examples of this are overpronation, and underpronation.
Basically, when walking, the foot uses pronation for shock absorption when we land, this is followed by supination to allow us to push off and drive us forward with power.
???? What is overpronation?
This is when we have an excessive amount of pronation which causes the arch to flatten, turning the foot inwards. The leg and knee follow in suit.
???? What is underpronation?
This is when there is not an effective amount of pronation for shock absorption. This is usually a higher, rigid arched foot where most the of forces are on the outside of the foot.
???? What about High heels?
High heels increase the anterior pelvic tilt and lordosis (curvature) of the spine. This is commonly linked with back pain.
If you have chronic back pain that is not improving with localised treatments, perhaps a podiatry assessment would be worth while.
Josh is available for consultations at our Boronia clinic Tuesday afternoons & Wednesday mornings.