Just like an architect looks at the base or foundation of a building to determine the strength and stability of that structure, chiropractors will also look at your foundation to evaluate your structure.
That means we’re going to look at your feet!
Whenever a patient has a chronic low back condition, it is not uncommon to see fallen arches or turned-in ankles. Rather than looking at the symptom of low back pain, we like to look for solutions that are a more permanent fix so we often look at the feet first.
The issues often become apparent when we look at the crooked man. Our in-office foot scanner gives us a personalized image of your own crooked man (or woman). When our foot collapses, our knee buckles in, and our pelvis drops. This creates structural stress points that can eventually lead to knee pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain and even headaches.
Have the arches in your feet fallen?
If you aren’t sure, a good way to tell is to look at your shoes.
Do they wear evenly?
If you have a chronic pain and you answered yes to either of these questions, then it might be time to proactively pay attention to your foundation. To do so, you can:
- Wear more supportive shoes or sneakers
- Wear custom-made foot support
Since our activity levels typically increase during the summer months and we tend to spend more time on our feet, now would be a great time to begin shoe or sneaker shopping.
Our Best Shoe Shopping Tip
You do need shoes that tie. Not every shoe you own needs to qualify as a comfy slip-on. These types of footwear are non-supportive and should only be worn when we are not on our feet as much. Think of it this way, if you are unable to run in your shoes because they will likely fall off, then they are probably not supportive enough for your structure.
If you have any questions about your foundation, please stop by! We can scan your feet and show you how your foundation has been affecting your structure. It could be the beginning of a wonderful relationship between your feet and your back.
For Better Health, Naturally!
Peter A Holst, DC