Did you know that lower back pain is the world's leading cause of disability, experienced by roughly one in 10 people around the globe?
If you're someone who suffers from back pain, you know how debilitating it can be. But did you know the path to relief and recovery can start at your feet?
Custom orthotics are special shoe inserts specifically designed to fit your feet. They can relieve the pressure that builds up in your lower body and causes back pain.
If this sounds like the solution for you, read on for more information on how these little pads can be a big help!
Custom Orthotics Improve Alignment
Often, back pain occurs in people with over-pronated feet, or feet that excessively roll inward. When these people walk, their arch essentially collapses and they develop "flat feet."
This condition is especially common for people with professions or hobbies (such as running) that require them to consistently pound their feet on a hard surface.
Some pronation is expected and helps maintain a normal gait. Yet, often, one foot can become more pronated than the other. When this happens, your entire alignment can be thrown off.
If your foot or ankle is over-pronated, you'll bear the brunt of your body's weight on the outside of the foot.
Another side effect is that your knees will become misaligned. They can turn too far inward (a condition known as knock-knee) and shift your hips into an unnatural position.
Just like a domino, even though the issue begins at your feet, it doesn't stop there. When you change the structure of your knees, and then your hips, the misalignment continues up to -- you guessed it -- your spine.
Other conditions that can lead to an irregular posture or gait include plantar fasciitis, foot-related nerve pain or damage, and even bunions.
Custom orthotics can help move the rear of your foot back into its aligned position. This starts the chain of action needed to adjust and your entire lower body.
Symmetrical Limb Lift Reduces Strain
The average person walks about 90-120 steps per minute. Considering that each leg is about 15% of your body weight, that results in an average cumulative lifting load of around 1,000 pounds per side for every minute you walk.
For someone with limb lift difficulty, the weight on one side can be too much to bear. Someone with an asymmetrical lift function will typically limp, putting pressure on one side, and applying excessive weight on his or her upper body. As such, the back can be severely impacted.
Some custom orthotics include pressure systems designed to alleviate this strain by helping both feet function symmetrically.
Inserts Help Absorb Shock
If you're on your feet frequently, your back probably feels tense at the end of the day.
The main reason for this: For the most part, typical shoes aren't designed to protect your feet (especially your heels) from the impact of hitting the ground. So when they do, it creates shock waves that travel from the bottom of your heel all the way up your back, and into your spine.
By providing cushioning and support, custom orthotics absorb the majority of the impact. This relieves stress from your lower extremities and keeps your back flexible and pain-free.
Walking Toward Freedom: Reducing and Eliminating Your Back Pain
Custom orthotics are designed especially for your own feet, shaped and molded to fit your arch, size, and specific need.
Often, they're more than enough to correct any misalignment, pain, or stress you're dealing with in your lower back.
For extra relief, a foot massager is proven to work wonders to relieve any hard-to-shake knots or strains.
If you're interested in learning more about how pain relief is right around the corner, we'd love to help you. Feel free to contact us, browse our blog, or leave us a comment below and let's get started!