Low back pain—while most commonly caused by mechanical issues, arthritis, and soft-tissue injuries—can also result from certain foot problems.
The feet form the base of the kinetic chain, and the joints above them essentially act as a link in the chain. The kinetic chain refers to the interconnected groups of body segments, joints, and muscles that work together to facilitate movements. This explains why foot problems, such as overpronation (flat feet) and supination (high arches), can have a ripple effect on the other areas of the body—on your knees, your hips, your lower spine, even your neck.
If you’re suffering from low back pain and your orthopedic specialist identifies that this is brought on by a foot or ankle dysfunction, they will prescribe custom orthotics. Here’s how custom orthotics can help provide effective relief for your low back pain.
How Custom Orthotics Help Alleviate Low Back Pain
Custom orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts used for realigning the ankle and correcting an abnormal or irregular gait. Custom orthotics can be constructed out of various materials to accommodate specific requirements and may be rigid, soft, or semirigid, depending on their purpose. Custom orthotics are molded and manufactured to fit your feet only—they precisely match the contours of your and are designed for the way you move.
Unlike non-prescription or store-bought shoe inserts, custom orthotics are built with rearfoot posts, which are wedges that alter the angle the orthotic can assume inside your shoes when your feet touch the ground. Rearfoot posts cant or shift the ankles outward and reposition them underneath the shin bone. This shift consequently helps minimize the inward rotation of the ankles, prevents the abnormal placement of the knees and hips (knock-knees), and stabilizes the pelvis. When the pelvis is stable, it is also able to provide effective support and stability to the lower back, thereby helping relieve back pain.
Custom Orthotics in Plantation, FL
At Baylis and Brown Orthopedics, it is our goal to provide comprehensive orthopedic care for the residents of Plantation and its neighboring areas in Florida. We offer a vast range of innovative nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, such as those that cause back and foot pain. We offer high-quality, durable, and comfortable custom orthotics to help relieve your foot and back pain, improve your function, and reduce your risk of injury
To find out more about our services or to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists, call our office today at (954) 476-8800, or you can request an appointment using our convenient online form. We look forward to serving you!