More than half of all Americans experience some degree of back pain in their life. Lower back pain is rather common, especially for those with poor posture. What may surprise you, however, is that the way you walk has a lot to do with your back pain. If you tend to over-pronate, meaning that eventually the arch of the foot flattens, you are more susceptible to injuries, including lower back pain.
Your Next Step
Likely, particularly if you are an athlete, you are aware that you over-pronate. Either way, proper diagnosis is key to treat your back pain. Your body and spine needs symmetry in order to function. When you over-pronate, you are preventing your body from being in line, leading to back pain. Granted, other walking problems can lead to back pain as well, but over-pronation tends to be rather common.
Though different treatments exist, one of the easiest options is custom orthotics. If your over-pronation is extreme, you may need to consider different treatment options for flat feet. However, custom orthotics is a great alternative. They are used to treat a myriad of conditions, from abnormal gaits to heel pain.
At our office, we can create a mold for your custom orthotics. Our podiatrists will be able to prescribe the best type of orthotic for your condition, whether it is a soft orthotic, rigid, or semi-rigid. Patients often find that their back pain dissipates or is at least alleviated when they begin to walk correctly. If you have been experiencing lower back pain or believe you are over-pronating, schedule an appointment with Alpine Foot Specialists today!
Courtesy of: Podiatry Today