Perhaps the most important part of our feet are the arches. Normal arches are built to be strong and flexible, like “shock absorbers,” they provide the foundation to support the body. When arches are flat, the leg bones rotate and the lower back muscles strain as they work harder to balance the body over both feet.
One way to compensate for low arches and to reduce back pain is to invest in a good foot orthotics. Worn in each shoe, orthotics bring back form and function to the feet so that proper balance can be stabilized or restored. In order to heal, it’s important to wear orthotics in your shoes whenever you’re standing, walking, running or biking. Part–time use will offer little help.
Orthotics can be made to accommodate any size foot. They usually replace your current shoe insole. By changing the way your feet work, which can relieve the muscle strain, and therefore, the pain in your lower back. Many notice more energy and less fatigue.
For additional information we recommend “How Foot Orthotics Help Low Back Pain,” by Steve Yeomans, DC.
If we believe foot orthotics may hold an answer to help with your pain problems, we will discuss them with you. If you have questions, feel free to ask.