Have you ever thought about how your feet affect your spine? Sure, our feet do a great job of helping us get around, and they hold up pretty well despite putting on several miles a day. Our feet also impact our health – although not in the way you might think. Your feet may not hurt, but they could be the source of the pain in your back, those headaches, or even your digestive distress.
The joints and muscles of your body function most efficiently when they are in physical balance. The body is a biomechanical chain where abnormal movement of one joint can interfere with the proper movement of the others. Your feet are your body’s foundation and if they are not properly supported, posture problems develop that place excessive stress on your spine and joints.
How can you avoid this source of stress and the symptoms that accompany an unstable foundation? Here are my head to toe tips…
Tip 1: Start at the top. When it comes to your feet, it’s important to use your head and make decisions in footwear that keep your feet happy and support proper posture. It’s no surprise that women are 4 times more likely to have foot problems than men; look at their shoes to see the reason why. Even a modest 2½-inch high heel can increase the load on the forefoot by 75%. And pain in the feet often leads to pain elsewhere in the body (or worse). A change of shoes may be all it takes to improve pain (from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head), and improve overall health by relieving stress on ankles, knees, hips, the vertebrae of the spine, and more.
Tip 2: Get adjusted. You knew that was coming, however, it’s true. Regular chiropractic adjustments restore balance to the spine, improving posture and overall nerve and body function. When proper balance is achieved, stress on the feet is relieved. Note: If your pain and problems originate in the foot, the spine will continue to be under stress and won’t hold an adjustment for long. And, that brings us to Tip 3…
Tip 3: Know thy feet. How can we know if your feet are the source of your pain and health challenges? At our office we have the technology for that! We can diagnose your foot problems, and their real cause, with a state-of-the-art digital foot scan. A scan of your feet can provide pressure readings that depict how your feet are balancing your body’s weight. If your scan shows any imbalances, we can help you decide how to correct them. Often correction can be achieved using custom orthotics.
Orthotics restore both your structural and functional balance and help you develop the strength and flexibility needed to keep your body stable as you stand, walk and run. With regular wear, they encourage optimal muscle and nerve function by guiding your feet through a more normal pattern of movement, eliminating excessive forces on the other joints of your body with each step that you take.
Why custom? No one else’s feet are exactly like yours. Off-the-rack shoe inserts are mass produced, made from a generic mold, and cannot provide the specific support that you and your feet need. Foot Levelers is one of the most trusted names in the industry and we trust them and their digital scan technology to help correct foundational instability. Based on an exam and the results of your scan, a pair of orthotics is custom-made to support all three arches of each of your feet, specifically designed to provide the proper structural support that you need. Regardless of your lifestyle, the perfect pair can be made for you to accommodate nearly every shoe (high heels, work boots, tennis shoes, etc.) and footwear need (sweaty feet, wet conditions, etc.).
Is it possible your pain or health challenges are related to your body’s foundation (a.k.a. your feet)? There’s only one way to find out and that’s to contact our office to schedule a digital foot scan. The results can reveal any imbalances in the feet and how they may be leading to problems in the knees, hips, back and shoulders.