Tip 9 What Do Your Shoes Have To Do With Your Back Pain David Warwick Lacey WA Chiropractor
Hi this is David Warwick your local LaceyOlympia Chiropractor. Today is tip number 9 and number 9 is one way to reduce your backpain, hip pain, knee pain, foot pain, ankle pain, pain down the legs. Tip number 9 changeyour shoes out. When the shoes get worn and you can either rotate or change them out frequently.The example is if you wear one pair alternate with another pair every other day. That givesthem the chance to breath a little bit, to air out a little bit. Also changes how thebody is affected by that. So changing your shoes out or getting new pair of shoes suchas if you work out a lot. Get a new pair of running shoes or athletic shoes every 4 months.The most you should go is 6 months because
each of those shoes tend to break down, weardown. But the other component is that they have wear patterns on them. So we as Chiropractorslook at the heels and how the person is actually wearing the shoes. Whether they supinate,where the foot turns inward or pronate a little bit more where it turns outward. If you areflat footed we look at your gait how you actually move and walk and how that affects the restof the body. If you change your shoes out, whether you are in construction and you have2 good work pair of shoes or you have dress shoes and you rotate those around that canbe really beneficial to reducing the pain in your back and neck especially if you areon your feet quite a bit through out the day.
Air them out at night. You can place by avent or you can use cedar trees, those kind of things but helping take care of your shoesand your feet more importantly and that can save you a lot of problems in your neck andback. So I hope this little tidbit helped. Tip number 9 change your shoes out to reduceyour back pain, leg pain, knee pain, hip pain, pain in the ankles and feet and even in yourupper back sometimes can be affected by that. I am David Warwick your local Lacey Olympia.
What To Do For Painful Feet
Here we are again with one of mytwominute talks well, perhaps a little bit longer. But there you are, the information's there.All about painful feet really the scourge of anybody's life. Unbearablypainful, of course, in all degrees but a lot of people literally in pain with everystep. And like all things skeletal when they go wrong it's largely a matter ofmuscles gone awry. You can be born of course with flatter feet, but for thosepeople who acquire flat feet or who develop very painful feet throughlife or develop what we call plantar fasciitis through life, it's to do with the archesdropping. Now let's go through the
anatomy. There are three arches, infact. People think of just the medial arch the arch on the inside that is the biggest arch. And then we have the transverse arch between the base of thebig toe and the base of the little toe not shown here and then we have theflatter lateral arch. And bear in mind that, as you can see here, the shape ofthe bones slotting together gives a natural arch, like a sandstone bridge, with a keystone at the top so the bones, in a sense, all fall together. What keeps the arches suspended, and literally gives you spring to your step, is the various musclegroups. So there are the long muscle groups
that come from your calf and create alovely elastic stirrup, crossing over under the sole of your foot, holding the arch suspended. There are also the intrinsic feet muscles that actuallysuspend the arches up as they work your toes. And here we have the beautiful archof the ballet dancer Nijinsky who was reputed to have had the highest leap,because it's these muscles springing the arch upwards that give you push off withevery step and give you spring to your step. So you'll see in the exercises tofollow that, in fact, that exercise is mimicked where you're not standingon the ball of your
foot, you are literally, I'm going to begetting you to stand on your tippy toes but that will come. So dropped arches isreally a matter of the muscles not working properly. Aided and abetted, I might say, by wearing shoes toooften not wearing bare feet often enough. Not using the toes here to scrunch, andkeep the muscle spanning the underside of the foot active, that helps slingthis arch pinches it up high like a chicken's foot. Now what happens whenthe arch drops is that these bones all scrunch together. Whatcan happen too is pain from a different
source, which is stretching of the sortof calico tissue under the skin on the base of the foot called the plantar fascia. When the arch drops that can be stretched and that's a veryuncomfortable additional source of pain. There is, of course, another reason thatyou get pain painful feet which is again insidious, as the development of flatfeet is of course but that is caused by a problem in your back, where the nervesupply to the feet is hampered by what's going on in your back. Here you can see all the vertebrae here have the spinal nerves coming out between, coalescinginto what we call the sciatic nerve,
going down the back of the leg. It'slargely really those nerve roots that supply the power to the muscles thatsling your arches up. Now when you have embarrassment here what we callembarrassment here giving you pain or you may not even have lower back pain, but you can have that in insidious diminution in the power of the muscles of your feet,because of the stuff going on in your back. But, that's another matter, let me show you now just a few simple exercises that help you get your feet a) mobile, and b)strengthen the arch, so that your arch is better supported and that you've gotbetter pushoff when you're walking.