As chiropractors, we are known as doctors for the spine. Many of our patients are seeking back pain and neck pain relief, along with treatment for a variety of other issues. Many people don’t realize that as spine experts, we also work with your feet. Your feet are actually very important to the health of your spine. You sit, stand, walk, and move all throughout the day. Maybe there are times when your shoes don’t fit quite right or are particularly harsh on your feet (like high heels). Then you wonder why you are experiencing back pain. It’s time to show your feet the appreciation they deserve. Here’s what you need to know:
Your Feet & Movement
Do you know how many tendons, ligaments, and muscles are in your feet? Over 100! What about how many bones? If you answered 52, you guessed right. Your foot is home to 1/4 of your body’s bones and, on average, a person will walk the equivalent of four times around the world in their lifetime. Those numbers probably give you a pretty good idea of how important it is to care for our feet. We don’t think about it much, but our feet provide us with stability and the ability to move. Even a small issue in the foot will cause the body to react, adapting the way in which you stand, walk, and run. When your gait is altered, added stress can be put on the low back which results in further dysfunction and pain. The health of our feet is often taken for granted, and it is important to take great care of them!
Take Care of your Feet
Pain is usually an indicator that there are bigger issues at play. An example of this is plantar fasciitis, which shows itself through pain, when it is actually a result of feet being neglected. Here are some tips to prevent the problem:
Use custom arch supports
Wear shoes that are supportive and comfortable
Whenever possible, walk on soft surfaces (i.e. avoid concrete!)
Schedule regular chiropractic adjustments
When you take care of your feet, you can better the health of your spine. If you have more questions about how your feet and spine work together, just contact us or ask during your next appointment!