Your foot bones are connected to your…spinal bones? Well, the groups of bones in your feet are connected to a few other bones and tissues along the way, but your feet are important when it comes to dealing with lower back pain. Although lower back pain can be caused by a variety of reasons including injury, a lot of lower back pain problems come from a misalignment of the feet, legs, hips, and spine.
Custom Orthotics For Lower Back Pain
Getting custom Orthotics can greatly improve lower back pain that comes from alignment problems and can give you better spine support. Orthotics that are custom fitted by a Chiropractor give your feet the right amount of support they need while walking, jogging, or even sitting. Your Chiropractor will take into account your current spinal alignment, daily activities, and body mass while taking the mould for your custom orthotics. Unlike store-bought orthotics, custom Orthotics will give you support that is specific to your feet and your body. For patients that need more support, rigid custom Orthotics are used to give even greater support in controlling your feet in motion, cushioning their movement, and preventing the spine from becoming unstable or prone to greater injury, which greatly reduces lower back pain in many patients.
How Do Custom Orthotics Work?
Typically, feet that are pronated (turn inwards), are troublesome for alignment and muscular support in the lower spine. Pain that begins in the pronated feet can travel upwards into the legs, hips, pelvis and of course, the lower back. Orthotics work by giving feet the right arch and support while in motion, especially during high impact activities such as running or jogging.
By correcting alignment from the base of the body (where all your weight pushes into) Orthotics will bring relief starting from the feet and continue working upwards into the spine. Orthotics also support more joints that are connected along the way—the very joints that help keep your spine in a strong and well-aligned position. Your knees, hips, and pelvic bones will also benefit from the use of Orthotics.
When you book an appointment with one of our Chiropractors at LiveWell Health and Physiotherapy, they can assess your Lower Back Pain and discuss the benefits of Orthotics.