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Can Foot Problems Contribute to Back Pain?

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Progression of human anatomyA new season is a great time to try a new activity, but if you have back problems and foot pain, you may not be inclined to do anything out of your comfort zone. The Fencing Institute of Dallas offers classes for all ages and experience levels. This may be a really fun sport to try if you are up for a new adventure. It requires a healthy foundation, though, so if your feet and back are in pain, first take the time to figure out why.

Your body is completely connected—you probably know the “skeleton song” that describes how each body part is connected to the next. The reality is that when we experience discomfort in our backs, we don’t often think that our feet may be to blame. Our feet are the foundation for our bodies, however, and when something is out of kilter it can shift your ankles, knees, hips, and back out of alignment.

Having flat feet or fallen arches is one situation that could lead to back pain. With a normal foot structure, the arch of your foot supports your weight and allows for proper alignment during each gait cycle (each time you take a step). When an arch is absent the foot tends to overpronate, which means it rolls inward farther than it should. This shift in alignment prevents your foot from distributing the weight of the impact during each step and this puts stress on your ankles, knees and hips, which all have to compensate. Because everything in your body is connected, this compensation can lead to lower back pain.

If you have been dealing with nagging back pain, visit Dallas Podiatry Works for an evaluation to find out if a foot problem is to blame. We have many treatment options, including custom orthotic inserts that can be very effective in stabilizing your feet and reducing the impact on the rest of your body. Call Dr. Joel W. Brook and David R. Northcutt in Dallas, TX (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX (972) 943-3323 for an appointment today. 

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Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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