Don’t walk into chronic back pain
Whether you’re headed to the mall, playing in a soccer game or quickly checking the mail, your feet help you get where you need to go. But if back pain sets in, the simple act of walking can turn into a painful chore. Surprisingly, if you’re trying to determine the cause of your back pain, the answer may come down to your own two feet.
You may not think about it during your daily grind, but every time your feet hit the ground, that impact travels up through your body. Think of your entire skeletal system as a linked chain — misalignments or challenges at certain areas of your body could damage a link and potentially affect other parts as well.
Because your feet work to support and balance your entire body, any kind of imbalance, misalignment or foot condition can cause problems all the way up the chain — even in your lower back. But how can our feet walk us right into back pain? Some reasons may include:
- Change in your walking pattern/gait
- Foot injury
- Unsupportive footwear
- Pressure points
These risk factors are especially common among active individuals, like runners and nurses, who are always on their feet for extended periods of time. Biomechanically speaking, if a condition in your foot begins to develop, it can affect the way your joints move with each other. This inefficiency can cause other areas of your body to compensate for the imbalance. So, what can you do to make sure your feet are feeling their best?
- Massage your feet consistently — Studies have shown that both reflexology and nonspecific massage help reduce the intensity of chronic lower back pain.
- Get a gait analysis — A gait analysis can help detect where challenges may exist and how your body is compensating for it, making it easier to correct the condition and prevent further injury.
- Find shoes for your walking pattern — If your natural walking pattern is overpronated (your feet roll too far inward) or underpronated (your feet roll too far outward), you should wear supportive shoes that cater to your specific movements to prevent injury.
With these tips in mind, you’ll have the knowledge to walk out on chronic lower back pain. If you’ve tried to find relief using some of the methods above, as well as other nonsurgical treatments for back pain, your feet may not be to blame. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about spine conditions that can cause chronic back pain and ask about your free MRI review.*