COULD MY BACK PAIN BE RELATED TO MY FEET?
By Steven Moffatt, Canadian Certified Pedorthist
Did you know that having a sore back may have nothing to do with your back itself? It could be starting from the bottom of your feet or in another part of your lower body that may seem to have nothing to do with your back at all.
This is why it is so important to get assessed by someone who knows the lower body mechanics. Our Certified Pedorthists at Elio’s Foot Comfort Centre will be able to guide you through a head to toe examination that may be able to point out some areas of concern that you were not even aware of.
By taking a whole body approach using exercise, properly fitting footwear, custom made insoles, bracing for your joints or even compression hosiery. Seemingly unrelated issues can be solved by looking at how the systems of your body work together as you go from point A to point B.
It may be a mechanical issue with the foot or a leg that is a little bit shorter on one side. Without even realizing it, you may have even been purchasing the wrong-sized shoe with features that are ill-suited for your walking mechanics. Everything mentioned above can cause an increase in back pain. Even though your feet seem to be so far away from your back, they are an important foundation that will carry you all day long.
Come in and see us at Elio’s Foot Comfort Centre, we have been doing this for nearly a half century. We aren’t just a shoe store. Our experienced staff will do their best to answer any question you may have and help you walk in comfort again.
This article was published in the Health, Wellness, Safety Magazine, VOLUME 8 ISSUE 2 2017
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- Inspect feet every day for blisters, cuts, and any openings in the skin
- Wash feet daily in lukewarm water, checking temperature with hand
- Dry feet well especially in between toes
- Wear clean white socks and change daily, to observe if any bleeding from cuts
- Examine shoes every day, both inside and outside
- Apply moisturizing lotion daily but never in between toes
- Always wear shoes both indoors and outdoors
- Control blood sugars and monitor levels daily
- Wear proper fitting shoes
- Have feet checked regularly