Most people have experienced back pain at some point in their lives, but did you know that many cases of back pain begin in the foot? It’s true, many foot abnormalities can lead to chronic back pain because of the way your feet affect your gait and general posture. Luckily, with new developments in orthotics and other technologies, there are ways to correct these problems as long as they are correctly identified and tended to promptly.
Your foot is your foundation
The key to understanding the body is to realize that everything is connected, and that problems in one area can lead to others in the body as a whole. Within the body, the foot is the foundation, and it is where you should begin when looking to correct problems that affect your overall posture and bone structure.
When structural problems in our feet cause us pain, we will instinctively change the way we walk in order to ease our suffering. While this is a great way to adapt in the short term, developing an abnormal gait can cause serious long term problems that will affect you later in life.
One way that the feet are studied in relationship to the rest of the body is gait analysis. This is where a trained professional observes your walking patterns for the purpose of identifying any abnormalities or bad habits. Various footwear or orthopedics can be prescribed in response to gait analysis as a way to correct any unhealthy gait habits that are observed.
The reason why it is so effective is because it recognizes the foot’s role in the overall locomotion of the body. Although it is recognized as the star player, gait analysis is more about focusing on the foot. It studies the overall posture of your body, and how all the different pieces work together in order create fluid forward motion.
Similar to gait analysis, there are form of biomechanical assessment that provide an in-depth study of your walking style. These assessments can use video in combination with advanced software to provide a detailed and comprehensive look at your movement. The process is able so asses a number of factors including foot and limb alignment, overall stability, response to load-bearing, joint motion, and muscle strength.
As a result of the information gained in a gait analysis or biomechanical assessment, orthopedics can be prescribed in order to alleviate back pain. While it may seem counter-intuitive at first, the idea is that we need to focus on the entire body from head to toe if we want to promote holistic, overall health. The range of corrective orthopedics is broad and can be tailored to any individual’s needs. To find the one that works best for you, talk to your Chiropodist.