Back pain is something that we all experience from time to time. Usually we seek the origin of the pain in the spine, but have you ever thought that it might originate in your legs?
We tend to forget that our back is connected to our legs and that we are like chain links. Think about what would happen if one link in the chain is not in place. The next link will be affected and ultimately create increased load on each chain. The most common example is scoliosis – curvature of the spine.
If pain occurs in the feet on account of the way that we walk, we instinctively change our pattern. For example, in the case of arthritis, pain the big-toe joint will cause us to change the angle of the ankle. This change in the ankle angle changes the mechanics of the ankle joint. This eventually causes pain in the ankle. This change in gait pattern can also affect the lower body, including the knee, thigh, lower back, and neck.
When foot pain or foot deformity makes you change the way that you move, it changes the way that the bones in all other joints move with each other as well. It can weaken the cartilage in the joints, and ligaments and tendons can be stretched beyond their normal range. When this occurs, so too can illness.
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Treatment with Orthotics
Custom-made orthotics can shift the bones of the foot and, if needed, even balance the leg’s height. This is a way to bring tranquility to your body with treatment from the root – the way that you stand, walk, and hold your posture.
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Your knees, hips, and back will thank you!