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Could Your Feet Be to Blame for Back Pain?

By Sara Butler

Your entire body is connected. You might be scoffing at that statement and thinking “I know!” But you may be surprised just how many people don’t think of one part of their body being responsible for a problem they’re experiencing in another. The way the human body is connected by a series of joints makes it very easy for two completely separate parts to be negatively impacting each other! The feet and the back are two great examples! Here’s how the back pain you’re experiencing might be your feet’s fault -- and the chiropractors at The Joint can help!

Your Feet Are Amazing

The feet aren’t the bad guy here because they’re actually pretty darn amazing. The bones in your feet account for a quarter of your entire skeleton. Your feet will carry you, on average, 100,000 miles in your lifetime. They help to provide balance and a foundation on which your entire body derives strength – which is exactly why they can cause so many problems.

When there’s a shift in your body’s foundation and problems arise in the feet, it can impact the entire body. According to the National Institutes of Health, 75 percent of people will experience problems with their feet at some point in their lives. When you combine that with the statistic that 80 percent of people will experience back pain, you can begin to see the big picture taking shape.

How Feet Impact the Back

If you develop a small problem in the foot, then the entire body has no choice but to respond to it. The body adapts to small changes in the way you stand, walk, and run. These altered biomechanics then put more stress on the lower back that will eventually cause you pain and dysfunction.

Chiropractors are trained professionals that look for the root cause of patient’s complaints. Chiropractors know that often when pain is complained about in one place, the root cause can be found in another. That’s why chiropractors do an evaluation of the way you walk and stand, so they can see how your body works together to move. This way, they can identify where the problem is and help you fix it!

If you suffer from back pain it may not actually be a problem in your back – and that’s why you need to see a chiropractor to help you pull back and see the larger biomechanical picture. Once the root cause is found, then it can be treated. And you can be on your way to a pain-free tomorrow!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Magnolia, Tex. 

 

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