As chiropractors, we are well known as being neck and back doctors. But what about the rest of the body, particularly your feet? Most don’t realize just how important your feet are in relation to your spine. You run, walk, stand, and sit all throughout the day — there might be times where your shoes don’t fit quite right or are particularly tough on your toes (we’re talking about those high heels!), and then you wonder why you are experiencing back pain. It is about time to show your feet the appreciation they deserve. Here’s what you need to know:
Your Feet Allow Movement
Question: How many muscles, tendons, and ligaments do you think are in your feet? The answer is over 100! What about bones? A whopping 52! The foot is quite impressive, really. It is home to a quarter of the bones in the body and the average person walks what is equal to four times around the world in their lifetime. Those numbers along can give you a pretty good idea of how important it is to take care of your feet! It’s not something most people think about, but your feet provide stability and movement. Even a small foot issue will cause the body to react and respond, adapting the way in which you stand, walk, and run. When you gait is altered, it can put stress on the lower back which results in further pain and dysfunction. Foot health is often overlooked, but it is important that you take care of them!
Care for your Feet
Pain is usually a pretty good indicator that there are bigger issues at hand (or foot!). An example of this is plantar fasciitis, which shows itself through pain, but is actually due to the feet being neglected. Here are some tips to help prevent the problem:
Wear shoes that are both supportive and comfortable
Use custom arch supports
Walk on soft surfaces whenever possible (avoid concrete!)
Maintain regular chiropractic care
When you take care of your feet, you help improve the health of your spine, and the health of your spine is imperative to your overall health and wellness. Click here to schedule your next adjustment and learn more about taking great care of your spine!