Back Pain and Your Feet
Summary of Chapter 7
I just can’t concentrate in flats.– Victoria Beckham
Back Pain and Your Feet
Lower back pain can arise from disorders too numerous to list in full here but they include poor posture, vascular disorders, neurological problems, tumors, cancer, and kidney ailments, as well as heavy lifting and skeletal irregularities. It can develop without specific causes and can occur suddenly. We are all susceptible to it – even children and teenagers. But most of the time, something is wrong with the way you’re standing, walking, and otherwise using your feet.
An overly high arched foot, flat feet, one leg being longer than the other or even a simple ingrown toenail can cause both lower & upper back pain that can severely limit your ability to stand, work, wear your favorite shoes and enjoy mobility and ease of movement in your life.
Our back is a very complex structure. Bones, joints, ligaments, and nerves all converge there and are incredibly sensitive to the shocks and bumps of simple movement. The disks that make up your backbone bear the brunt. If your spine is continually out of alignment –from things like the way you walk or stand – its muscular support has probably been compromised. Poor posture can change the length of your muscles, and when they’re overstretched and you lack abdominal strength. These muscles can’t support you, which results in dull muscle backaches. Other symptoms include an inability to stand up straight, limited flexibility, shooting or stabbing pain that may radiate down your leg, cramping, and muscle weakness. This leads to numbness in your foot.
In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine breaks down the relationship between your feet and back pain and answers the following questions:
- How is your back connected to your foot pain?
- How do high-arched (cavus) feet cause an aching back?
- How do overly pronated or uncomfortably flat feet contribute to lower back pain?
- How do you treat this problem?
- What if your legs are slightly different lengths?
- How can a bunion, painful callus or simple ingrown toenail give you back pain?
- How does a doctor diagnose back pain?
- How do you treat lower back pain when your feet are the reason your back hurts so much?
- How can you prevent back pain?
- What kinds of exercises will help lower back pain?
- Real Patient Recap: The Case of the High-Heeled Slipper. Dr. Levine prescribes a variety of solutions which help a lover of high heels regain freedom from pain and to focus on enjoying life once more.