When you are experiencing pain in your back, you are probably not thinking too much about your feet. Back pain can range from annoying to debilitating—and it tends to capture a person’s full attention.
But frequently, the source of the pain and the pain itself are not in the same spot. In fact, issues with your feet can cause back pain—and when that is the case, you simply can’t find relief by trying to treat your back directly. You have to deal with the problem at its source.
Problems at Ground Level Cause Issues in the Back
There are a number of problems related to your feet that can make their presence known by causing pain in your back. They include:
- Flat feet. If you do not have good arches in your feet, your feet will be unable to absorb and redistribute the force created by walking or running. Frequently, that can lead to issues in the back.
- Hyper-pronation or hyper-supination. If your foot is pronated, your weight tends to land on the inside of your foot when you walk. If your foot is supinated, your weight tends to land on the outside of your foot. If your foot is overly pronated or supinated when you walk or run, back pain can be the result.
So What’s the Solution?
When the kinds of problems we have mentioned are the cause of your back pain, the solution may be found in improved footwear. That might include custom orthotics designed to support your arch and prevent hyper-pronation. You will also want to wear shoes that provide plenty of cushioning, and that fit you well. It is also important to be aware of when your footwear is wearing out so that you can replace it before problems start to arise.
We Can Help You Put Your Best Foot Forward
If you are experiencing problems related to your feet or ankles, InStride Carolina Podiatry Group can help. Whether your pain is in your feet or elsewhere, the right footwear can make a big difference, and we can ensure you have the shoes and orthotics you need to find relief from pain and ongoing discomfort. Contact us today and put back pain behind you.