Atlantic Coast Chiropractic

Arch Collapse and Back Pain

Arch Collapse and Back Pain

Many conditions start in the feet but eventually contribute to health concerns farther up the kinetic chain, such as in the spine. Foot levelers orthotics can help preserve the body’s optimal foot-spine connection. Most people develop strong, flexible arches in childhood. Over the long term, the repetitive stresses of daily life lengthen the connective tissues, causing a slow breakdown of the normal support for the bones and joints of the feet and a decrease in elasticity, eventually leading to a sagging of the foot’s arch.

The foundation provided by the feet and legs must bear the weight of the entire body (and considerably more during running and other sports). If there is insufficient or inadequate support from the pedal foundation, the spine will be exposed to abnormal stresses and strains that eventually develop into low back pain.0295483001614002236.jpg

Excessive stresses on the spine can be the result of abnormal foot biomechanics, poor function of the foot/ankle complex, excessive shock transmission, or leg length asymmetry. Recognizing and then responding appropriately to these factors separate the Doctors of Chiropractic from the spinal technicians.

Static support: While standing, the alignment of the arches in each foot has a significant impact on the position of the legs and pelvis. When the arches are low and/or pronating excessively, the knee will rotate medially. A research study using radiographic measurements found that custom-made, flexible orthotics can significantly improve the alignment of the arches when standing.

Dynamic support: During gait, the foot must permit a smooth transfer of the body’s center of mass over the leg to conserve energy. This requires an orthotic to be flexible yet supportive, and orthotic designs must consider:

  • Weight and intensity of forces.
  • Proper movement and function of the foot
  • Support of all three arches to prevent eventual arch collapse

Postural benefits: Improving foot alignment can help maintain knee, hip, pelvis, and even spinal postural alignment. Preventing joint degeneration requires the additional support and shock absorption provided by orthotics. And a pelvic or spinal tilt or recurrent subluxations will often respond rapidly to orthotic support.

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