If you’re not experiencing back pain, you’d probably like to keep it that way. There are many factors that can cause back pain such as posture, injury or trauma, vocation, footwear, and foot misalignment. Read the article expert below to learn how to stop back pain before it starts and why correcting foot misalignment may be your answer to prevent back pain and pain in other areas of your body.
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Stop Back Pain Before It Starts
You don’t need a fancy ergonomically designed office chair, but you should have one that provides good support so that your back is curved like an S, not a C, says Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, director of the spine service at the New York University Langone Medical Center.
Every half hour, get up and walk around for a few seconds to take some of the stress off your back.
Imagine a line coming down through your body from the ceiling, says physical therapist Renée Garrison.
Your ears, shoulders, hips, and knees should all stack up along that line, with your head stacked directly atop your neck, not jutting forward.
Wear soft soles
"If your shoe has little cushioning, every time your foot strikes concrete, you’ll jar the bones and muscles in your low back," says Raj Rao, MD, vice chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. (That holds true for flats as well as heels.)
Look for a shoe with a cushioned sole, or buy an insert like Spenco For Her Women’s Q-Factor Cushioning Insole ($8 and up; amazon.com). When you’re at home, pad around in thick flip-flops or well-cushioned sneakers.
Sure, changing your posture, switching footwear or trying orthotic shoe inserts can help manage your back pain, but they are all just short term fixes.
What most people don’t realize is that back pain and pain in other areas of your body such as feet, knees, hips and neck, is all related to foot misalignment – and nearly 40% of the population suffers from foot misalignment. This is caused when your heel bone slips off your ankle bone, causing an excessive inward rotation of your ankle and outward rotation of your foot, also known as overpronation.
This will turn the knees and hips inward, tilting the pelvis and ultimately causing the spine to become curved and put pressure in places where it shouldn’t be. When this happens, it causes back pain.
There is a remarkably easy fix to correct foot misalignment. It’s a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between your ankle bone and heel bone, stabilizing the ankle and correcting the excessive inward rotation.
Since your feet are the foundation of your body, once they are aligned, the rest of your body will become aligned too.
To learn more about stopping your back pain before it starts by correcting foot misalignment, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare for a free assessment. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.