Low back pain is the most common condition leading to disability among working men and women under the age of forty-five.1 At any given moment, approximately 2% of the entire U.S. population is either permanently or temporarily disabled by low back pain.2
Causes and Effects
The feet are the foundation of the body; they support its entire weight. If there isn’t enough support from the feet, various parts of the body—particularly the spine—will be exposed to a lot of stress, which can lead to a number of issues:
- Poor posture and abnormal foot function
- Low back, hip, knee and foot pain
- Excessive shock transmission up through the body
An abnormal “gait,” or walk, contributes to imbalances throughout your lower extremities, which include the knees, ankles and feet, and eventually causes back pain.
One of the best treatments available is to visit your Chiropractor for adjustments, rehab and custom-made functional orthotics. Once he or she corrects your spine, custom orthotics will help balance your feet and support good posture.
This combination of adjustments and custom orthotics has been proven time and again to reduce stress throughout the body and restore proper function to the lower extremities. It will keep you pain-free for longer periods of time, improve your body’s foundation and keep the Kinetic Chain aligned: the ankle, knees, pelvis and spine.
- Cunningham LS, Kelsey JL. “Epidemiology of Musculoskeletal Impairments and Associated Disability.” Am J Public Health 1983; 73:389-395.
- Andersson GBJ. “The Epidemiology of Spinal Disorders.” In Frymoyer JW, ed., The Adult Spine: Principles and Practice. New York: Raven Press, Ltd. 1991:107-146.