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Yes! Your Feet Can Cause Back Pain

By Donna Stark

Back pain can be a debilitating condition and when you suffer with it, there is nothing you want more than to get rid of it completely. So you might head into your bathroom to grab your heating pad, or make a trip to the pharmacy to purchase some painkillers, or maybe, if you can get in right away, schedule an appointment with a local masseuse. Anything, really, that will focus on your back and give you relief, right? But are you overlooking the real source of your pain? What if I told you to stop focusing on your back and start focusing on your feet instead?

Your Feet?

Yes! Your feet may be the culprit here! You see, even though our bodies were designed to move, our feet were not designed to walk and stand on hard surfaces like concrete or tile all day. These surfaces sure do make our homes, schools, and workplaces look pretty, but they certainly don't do our feet any favors! In fact, our muscles, ligaments, and tendons are stressed beyond measure and the structure of our arches are pushed to the breaking point because of them.

Connecting the Dots

The feet, knees, and lower back are the body's main shock absorbers, and if one of the three is not carrying its own weight, or doing its job correctly, that can add extra pressure to the other two. So if your feet are not being properly supported, it makes sense that the knees will pick up the extra load. And when the knees have finally had enough, guess what is left to be the hero of the group? Your back! Can you imagine how that makes the back feel? Especially if there is already a misalignment in the spine? So what can you do?

Start at the Source

You need to start with the first domino in this situation. Here are a few tips.

  • Invest in a great pair of shoes that are suitably structured and provide plenty of support for your feet
  • Wear custom orthotics that absorb shock well
  • Get adjusted by your local chiropractor
  • Take plenty of breaks if you stand for extended periods of time
  • Shift your weight
  • Stand on a padded mat
  • Be very intentional with your posture
  • Lose or maintain a healthy weight

Take Care of Those Feet

Being on your feet for extended periods of time can contribute to low back pain as well as other significant health issues, such as varicose veins and muscle damage, so show your feet some love! After all, they are the first thing to touch the floor in the morning and the last thing in bed, so they deserve it. And by giving them the care they deserve, you may be able to get rid of that annoying back pain in the process!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Franklin, Tenn.

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