It may seem strange to connect lower back pain with the feet, but there certainly is a connection. If you are plagued with lower back pain that isn’t associated with a chronic condition or a back injury, the problem may stem from a condition affecting your feet.
The legs support the lower back, and the feet support the legs. If the feet are misaligned, it will affect the rest of the body’s alignment. Posture can be negatively affected, which has a lot of impact on how you stand and move while on your feet.
The constant weight of the body and conditions and injuries affecting the feet can cause foot pain. To lessen this pain, you may be adjusting the way you stand or walk. This adjustment can place undue strain on the lower back, exchanging foot pain for lower back pain.
Fortunately, this type of lower back pain can be addressed with orthotics.
Orthotics are shoe inserts that are specifically designed for people with foot problems. Custom-made orthotics are prescribed to treat issues related to feet, legs, or back. An orthopedic physician will prescribe orthotics to correct pressure on the feet, for ankle support, or to adjust how the foot and ankle function together. As the orthotics correct gait as well as foot and ankle alignment issues, the result will be improvement in back pain symptoms.
Custom orthotics are not the same as the ones you can purchase at the store. An orthopedic orthotic is custom made to fit your feet and address your specific issues.
The shape of a persons’ foot may contribute to lower back pain. Custom made orthotics can make a difference for people who have flat feet or for those with excessively high arches.
The orthotics will correct how the foot reacts to the ground when walking. Flat feet tend to turn inward when in motion, while feet with high arches turn outward. Either technique can cause problems in the lower back and hips. If changing the type of surface you run or jog on or switching out your old running shoes for new ones doesn’t make a difference in reducing your symptoms, it may be time to speak with an orthopedic doctor about getting custom orthotics.
To get custom orthotics, you will need to get a doctor to diagnose your condition and prescribe them for you. Your doctor will diagnose the root cause of your pain (whether it’s back, leg, or foot pain), assess your symptoms, and take a look at your other health conditions and wellbeing. Your doctor may also ask about past injuries and current habits that make the condition worse as well as perform a physical exam.
Custom Orthotics and Lower Back Pain Treatment in Central Maryland
Specialists at The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics Foot & Ankle Care have been recognized as “Baltimore’s Top Doctors” for 2019. If you need custom orthotics or want to find out what is causing your back pain, so you can get treatment and find relief, make an appointment with us today. Our doctors will take great care listening to you and will get you a correct diagnosis quickly.
If you’re experiencing any type of orthopaedic pain, please call (410) 644-1880 or contact us at (855) 4MD-BONE. You can also request an appointment online.