a concerning number of people, problems in the feet or plantar fascia region manifest as lower back pain; which can range from minor and acute to chronic or even debilitating. Many have found relief through chiropractic treatment, though we at Riddle Wellness also recommend the use of custom orthotics as a preventative safeguard. Not only can they help absorb the constant impact of day to day walking, they also lessen the burden placed on overworked plantar fascia tissues while providing much-needed support.
The Connection Between Our Feet & Back Pain
feet are more than just feet—they’re complex shock absorbers responsible for taking the brunt of each step we take. Over time, the cartilage that helps cushion bone and joint structures gradually breaks down. Left unaddressed this will eventually reduce the body’s ability to properly absorb the impact of each step. As a result, pain sensations travel up the nerves of the leg and are frequently felt in the lumbar region of the lower back.
Ignoring the discomfort won’t make it go away, but it will force the rest of your body to compensate in terms of posture, balance and stride. Here are a few of the most common problems associated with lower back pain resulting from foot pain and poor arch support:
- Unnatural posture coupled with abnormal foot function
- Stiffness, limited mobility and decreased athletic ability
- A gradually increasing discomfort in the knees, hips and spine
- An increased risk of injury, including cartilage and ligament tears
- Potential for dependence of NSAIDS and prescription pain medications
Solutions for Foot-Related Back Pain
At Riddle Wellness, we use an innovative mix of safe, proven therapies to treat lower back pain while restoring foot stability and support. For many, it’s as simple as integrating custom orthotics to provide support of compromised plantar fascia tissues. This, coupled with proper stretching, has proven on many occasions to resolve the problems rather rapidly.
For patients with more long-term or severe issues, chiropractic adjustment, ARPwave and other therapies can be useful in complementing and accelerating the recovery process. Learn more about the connection between lower back pain and foot problems by calling Riddle Wellness in Rochester NY. We can be reached by phone at 585-670-0020 or through our contact page.