Did you know that your shoes could be a cause of your back pain? As spring arrives, the sandals and flip flops will get dusted off and put back on our feet. While your feet may be comfortable, your spine may not feel the same. How could this be possible? Unbalanced or unsupported feet can directly relate to how your spine feels. No two people have the same feet, and no one person has the same two feet. The imbalance in your feet will cause an imbalance in your spine and overtime will eventually cause discomfort.
The bottom of a pyramid is wide, stable and strong. It must be balanced to support all the weight of the stones on top. If the pyramid base isn’t steady, then all of the stones above will not be stable. Eventually over time, it would collapse due to the lack of support. The same is true for us. Our feet support all the weight of our bodies. If your feet are not balanced, there is no way that your hips, spine, shoulders, or head are going to be in a stable position. How can we fix this?
Comfortable tennis shoes or running shoes are going to be the key. Inside of those shoes you should have arch support (orthotics). The soft foam that comes with the shoes do not provide the support our bodies require. You will want to invest in a quality set of orthotics to correct and maintain the arches in your feet. When you have the arches properly supported, you are creating a stable base in which everything can be balanced. Balanced feet along with chiropractic adjustments to change your posture will greatly reduce the amount of back pain your are experiencing.
Dr. Andrew P. Bauman, D.C.
Chiropractic Centers of Short Pump