Two common activities that affect the health of your feet are stance and gait. The weight of your body pushes downward thus driving your heels and feet into the ground.
Standing in one spot for several hours at a time can be especially stressful to your feet and your entire body. Common symptoms that develop may include foot pain, knee pain and lower back pain.
If you must stand in the same position for a prolonged period of time, we recommend that you keep your legs and feet moving periodically throughout that time. You can bend your knees, march in place, dance in place or take small steps in either direction. Moving around while standing in one spot will improve circulation and alleviate sustained pressure and stress from your feet, knees, hips and spine.
The healthier your feet, the better they will absorb the stress your body experiences from prolonged standing. When the 52 bones that comprise both of your feet are in their healthy alignment, they will certainly help to protect your legs and back and reduce the potential for injuries.
However when your foot bones lose their healthy alignment, the feet will not do as good of job in absorbing shock while standing and walking. This will cause greater stress on your knees, hips and spine. Foot misalignments and dysfunction are a leading cause of back pain.
There are four major misalignment patterns that may affect your feet:
- flat feet
- high arches
- pronation (walking too much on the inside arch of your foot)
- supination (walking too much on the outside edge of your foot)
You may not be aware that you actually have a misalignment or structural problem in your feet. In many cases a foot may appear to be normal at first glance, but a thorough examination could indicate differently. Just because your feet look healthy doesn’t mean that they actually are.
It is our goal to provide the most complete care possible for you as our patient. If we haven’t already evaluated your feet and you would like us to do so, please mention that to us during your next appointment. People don’t typically think of the chiropractor first when it comes to their feet, so we appreciate you for helping us spread the word about chiropractic foot care to your friends and family.
***Disclaimer: This content is solely for informational purposes and should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. It is recommended that you seek professional advice by a licensed health care professional.Scott Chiropractic and Wellness
Matthew Scott, DC
5080 Virginia Pkwy Ste 550
McKinney, TX 75070www.scott-chiropractic.com