Back pain and your feet

Did you know that back pain can be caused by poor foot posture?

Do you or someone you know suffer with back pain? Back problems can be debilitating and reduce your ability to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.

 If your back is:

  • Painful after standing on hard surfaces such as concrete

  • Painful after standing for long periods of time

  • Helped by wearing more supportive footwear

Then it is quite possible that your foot posture and gait could be contributing to your back pain.

High arches and flat feet can both contribute to back problems due to the stress and strain on your lower back and pelvis and the poor shock absorbing characteristics of these foot types.

Our podiatrists at the Active Foot Clinic have expertise in assessing and treating foot and lower limb posture and your gait (walking pattern).

Case Study: Andrew wanted help to get rid of his back pain. 

He was having trouble sitting, lifting and exercising. He also had a lot of cramping. He was thinking that he would not be able to exercise or play sport again. Before he decided to see us he was wondering if what we did would actually work. 

Andrew had been seeing a chiropractor with good results quickly however found that his problem returned quickly. He was getting some relief, what he described as a slow burn over time, with physio with some more longetevity. Pain killers and cortisone were very effective at relieving his pain but didn't fix the problem. 

Andrew decided to come and see us at Active Foot Clinic. His podiatrist explained things so that he could understand. He described his treatment as "easy" and since seeing us has had a really good period of 12 months pain free which is fantastic. He was back running and could play sport. He reported being happier and healthier 

Our podiatrists can make treatment recommendations appropriate to your condition. Treatment options include gait retraining, specialised orthotics or insoles that come with a symptom improvement guarantee, gait retraining and footwear recommendations getting you back to a comfortable more active lifestyle.