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.

If you have chronic back … read more »

Plantar Fascitis

by (Physiotherapist)

Plantar FasciitisFoot pain in the morning?

Been running a lot lately and heel or foot starts to hurt at the beginning of a run and goes away?

Feeling tender on the “arch” of your foot?

Have you answered YES to any of these questions?

You might have Plantar Fascitis or Plantar Heel Pain.

What is Plantar Fascitis?

Plantar means sole of the foot and fasciitis means inflammation of the fascia of a muscle or organ. When put together you have inflammation of the fascia on your foot. This fascia is a band that originates from your heel and continues until your mid foot, then slowly divides into 5 bands to each of your toes.

Where is the pain located in Plantar Fascitis?

Normally most of the pain would come from your heel and it would feel tender in your arch of your foot.

Did you know?

In walking that fascia absorbs 1.1 times your body weight and when you are running it doubles to 2.5 times!

What are the risk factors of Plantar Fascitis? Plantar Fasciitis

1. Pes cavus (claw foot) or pes planus (flat foot) deformity

2. Excessive pronation (rolling) of your foot

3. High impact / weight bearing activities such as … read more »