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Can back pain be caused by my feet?

Sports Podiatry and lower back pain.

Upto 70% of the population will suffer from lower back pain at some stage in their lives.

Causes of lower back can vary from neural pain, osseous (bony) pain, soft tissue strains. One of the causes which is often overlooked in abnormal positioning of the pelvis and this often occurs secondary to foot posture.


Excessive Pronation:

Abnormal pronation, or "flat feet" as they are commonly referred to, causes various rotations throughout the legs during the walking cycle. The end result of these rotations can be a forward tilt of the pelvis, which in turn increases the curvature of the spine and places strain on the muscles and ligaments of the lower back.




Leg length discrepancy

If one foot is rolling in or out significantly further than the other, not only is there an increased curvature through the lower back, but a pelvic tilt can result. This can be caused by a lower limb length discrepancy. If assymetrical foot posture is noted our Podiatrist will measure the length of your legs and add a heel lift to the shorter leg if necessary.

Treatment

Orthotic Therapy

This is necessary to balance the feet and control abnormal motion, thus assisting in stabilising the pelvis and enhancing the normal function of the spine.



Physiotherapy / Chiropractic/Osteopathy:

Consulting with a chiropractor, physiotherapist or Osteopath may also be required. This treatment will be recommended as part of your treatment program, depending on each individual's situation and your Podiatrist will work closely with one of these practitioners if there are more proximal issues that need to be addressed.




Stretching / Strengthening exercises

These are often prescribed as part of your treatment program.



Footwear Changes

Your footwear is reviewed to ensure there is no aggravation of your symptoms.