I received a question from an avid blog reader and he asked:
“Can my feet be leading to my back pain?”
And the quick answer is YES.
Can My Feet Be Causing My Back Pain?
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However, I wanted to look into the research for more details. I came across an article from Rumitology that was published last September 17, 2013 which noted that pronation can lead to back pain in women and orthotics may be needed.
Within the foot there is an arch. If the arch is too high, it is called supination, and if there is no arch, it is called pronation, or flat feet. So having flat feet or excessive pronation in the foot can lead to your low back pain. Orthotics may help.
While this study specifically looked at women, it is reasonable to assume that it also applies to men. They recommend orthotics, but orthotics are a fairly aggressive intervention, and there are other things that you can do before taking on the expense of orthotics.
Some of the things that you can do are based on the second article that I came across from Human Factors that was published last August, 2013. According to the article, using anti-fatigue mats will decrease discomfort. If you work in an environment where you are required to stand most of the time, utilizing anti-fatigue mats can decrease the discomfort that you have in your back.
There is another article that looks specifically at orthotics that was published last March, 2013. The article noted, “Yes, utilizing orthotics definitely decreases low back pain.”
An intermediate step that you can do is adding soft insoles to your work boots, especially if you work in a hard environment. This will decrease your back pain. It might not decrease your lower body pain. The key thing to remember is to change those insoles frequently.
The one last thing to remember when we start talking about feet and back pain is: obesity also plays a role in increasing the risk of low back pain.
Being overweight or being obese increases your risk of low back pain. It could be a cause of low back pain.
Summarizing the points that I mentioned:
- Your feet could be the cause of your low back pain.
- Before you jump in and get orthotics to fix the problem, take a step back and try the anti-fatigue mats if you are in a work environment where you are required to stand most of the time.
- Go with the soft insole in your shoe (and replace them often).
- Being overweight or being obese can cause low back pain.
- And if all else fails when it comes to the anti-fatigue mats and the insoles in your shoe, then give orthotics a go.
So, there you go!
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Rick Kaselj, MS
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