Is your back pain foot related?

by (Podiatrist)

 

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.

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What makes a good shoe?

by (Podiatrist)

Footwear

Footwear can play a vital role in preventing and managing injuries, as well as allow us to perform at our best. Whether it is for sport, walking, or using for work it is important you are wearing shoes that fit properly and support your feet.

Poorly fitted footwear can lead to blisters and corns, and toenails problems such as ingrown toenails or black toenails. It may also contribute to bunion formation.

What makes a good shoe?

 

  • A deep and wide toe box – This ensures the toe have enough room reducing risk of increased pressure.
  • A fastening mechanism – for example laces, a buckle or a strap. This is very important for support and stability.   A slip on shoe requires your toes to have to grip onto the shoes.  This means the muscles are working hard to keep the shoe on your foot. May lead to claw/hammer toes.
  • Strong heel counter, this is the back of the shoe, this should not be easily collapsible.
  • The shoe should flex at toe joints not the middle of the shoe
  • Have a good torsion system.

 

For more information please watch our video on what makes a good shoe here.… read more »