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Bad Feet = Lower Back Pain? How?

Foot of a female foot lays on a palmHow can your feet and the way you walk cause lower back pain??

Back pain is a very debilitating condition. In the heart of Parkland Florida, I see many people wanting to get rid of their lower back pain. When you suffer with it, there is nothing you want less than to get rid of the pain. What role do your feet play in the cause of your back pain? No I am not referring at this time to reflexology, but structure.
Our technology has evolved faster than our bodies. I often tell my patients that we were not designed to walk on hard surfaces like tile, marble, wood, or concrete. We were designed to walk on grass, dirty, sand, mud, and other natural terrain. The natural softer terrain is more conforming to the shape and structure of the foot, thereby keeping the arch supported, and causing the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the foot and ankle to work more readily and in a more supportive fashion.


Okay, but what does that have to do with lower back pain. The 3 main shock absorbers of the body are the feet,  knees, and lower back. It only makes sense that if the feet are flat (unsupported by the ground or shoes) they are not absorbing shock. That’s when the knees have to work twice a s hard, but that can only go on for so long, and so well.  Lastly the lower back takes the heat. It now has to make up for the extra shock and that can wear out the parts. Particularly if there is a misalignment of the lower back or pelvis. Imagine a bent axle of a car, now riding off road with a tire that is under inflated, and a cracked spring for the shocks! You get the picture.


So what can you do?

  1. Wear good structured shoes / sneakers that support the foot, and absorb shock
  2. Make sure the foot is aligned by a chiropractic extremity practioner
  3. Wear a custom orthotic made by someone who knows structural relationship of the foot and the body (if that is out of you budget, a generic may be sufficient, but will not be made specifically for you)
  4. Have your spine, pelvis, and lower extremities specifically adjusted by a chiropractor



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If you have an ache or pain in the Parkland area and are interested in learning more about chiropractic and want to meet with us, please call us at (954) 340-7545. You can check us out on the web at www.

Best wishes,

Dr. Joseph Bogart




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  1. Dr. Joseph Bogart says
    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Not sure I understand your English, but glad you liked the post. Best of luck!

  2. Janney says
    Sep 01, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    How can i fix back pain when doing ab exercises?

    • Dr. Joseph Bogart says
      Sep 01, 2010 at 9:46 AM

      That is a common problem and question. Unfortunately there are too many possible problems to list them all. It could be a simple as a misaligned vertebrae, or as complicated as an SI joint dysfunction causing a disc problem, leading to a psoas hypertonicity. My best suggestion is to have a complete analysis of your spine, pelvis and related extremties to see if there is something you can have fixed, or perhaps you may just need to stretch out some muscles, or even get a massage. Sorry if that does not answer your question, but without knowing what you have, I cannot acurately address the cause of your problem. If you are local I would be happy to see if I can identify the source of your problem, if not try a reputable chiropractor near you. Best wishes, Dr. Joseph Bogart

  3. Myra says
    Nov 27, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    I'm a chiropractor on back pain and I rather like this article simply because everyday I coach my patients that our bodies eventually obtain the chance to relieve by themselves. Lots of people have become to dependent on medicines that sometimes it takes a little longer to coach others of the potential they've among them.

  4. Phyllis says
    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    My low back pain is very long now, and i have tested many different ways, but until now i've not treated my back pain, i also worked with many lower back pain exercises, however they did not work on me. Can your details really help back pain relief, can you give me a response quickly, i wait your response, thank you.

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