What Your Feet Have to Do with Back Pain While Traveling

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

May 16, 2016 4:20:00 PM

back_pain_while_travelingAre you dreading an upcoming business trip or vacation simply because you’re anticipating how painful the flight or drive will be? Sitting for long periods of time in small spaces can get extremely uncomfortable. Even more so if you have chronic back pain. Not to mention the pain causes you to be irritable and unpleasant to be around. You may be able to avoid or at least reduce your back pain by using the traveling tips below. Then keep reading to learn how the problem causing your back pain may actually be in your feet.

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Bad Back? Tips for Pain-Free Traveling


Prepare: Cut the time you spend standing in long lines by planning ahead. Buy e-tickets, take advantage of frequent-flyer perks, use check-in by smartphone and check your luggage curbside. This will eliminate the time spent standing and carrying bags.

Travel Light: Don’t overpack. A light suitcase will reduce the stress on your shoulders and spine. Pick a suitcase with wheels and a handle for rolling.

Check Your Posture: Sitting for prolonged periods can strain the back and improper posture can make it even worse. To provide the most relief, make sure your spine is aligned against the back of the seat and the headrest is supporting the middle part of your head. Keep the shoulders straight and avoid rounding forward. Both feet should be firmly resting on the floor.

It's All in the Legs: Keep your legs out in the extended position. The bent or flexed position leads may cause a blood clot to form in the leg veins. Make sure you get up and walk and stretch your legs and arms at least once an hour.

Tilt It: Tilting your seat backward with a pillow behind your back in proper posture will lead to the efficient loading of the spine. Many seat neck rests have two foldable pads on each side that can be adjusted close to your neck to prevent sleeping in an awkward position.

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Hopefully the tips above will help ease your back pain while traveling, but just be aware that the issue could be something more – misaligned feet.

That’s right – nearly 40% of the population has misaligned feet, but they don’t know it. The issue is caused when your ankle bone slips off your heel bone and excessively rolls inward – also known as overpronation.

To correct the problem, there is a remarkable yet simple solution – the HyProCure® stent. When the stent is placed into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone using a minimally invasive technique, it corrects the excessive inward rotation. This aligns the feet which causes a chain reaction throughout the body also aligning the knees, hips, back, and neck and helping you to not feel chronic back pain any more.

HyProCure® is an outpatient procedure that has had excellent results. To learn more download the free eBook below or contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to find out if you’re a candidate. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

Free eBook to discover why your feet could be causing pain


Topics: Tips from a New York Podiatrist, HyProCure, Back Pain