At our clinic we hear this at least once a day.
And, some folks have the hardest time believing that foot pain is a posture problem. Maybe it’s just that our feet are so far from our heads or that we’ve been trained to think of the body in separate parts and symptoms. However, most likely your foot pain IS a posture problem.
Think of it this way, your feet are the first point of contact with the ground, so there is a lot of pressure from your body weight being pulled by gravity as each foot hits the ground. The body is an integrated system and when it works properly your feet have a lot of support from your legs, hips and even your back. They all work together as a team to support your feet, mitigating that gravitational pressure. When your body is not working properly – meaning your posture is out of whack – then your feet are on their own, without support.
Take a quick look in the mirror. Is your head bent over forward? Are your shoulders and upper back rounded forward? Is one shoulder higher than the other? What about your hips…is one higher than the other? These misalignments are created by a myriad of every day occurrences such as being hunched over a desk, operating table, sewing machine or computer; maybe you broke your arm and your shoulder position changed while you were casted or that sprained ankle created a change in your gait to avoid pain, so much so that you ended up with hip pain, leg pain, knee pain and eventually foot pain.
Again, your feet have no support. They are rolling in, rolling out, slapping flat on the ground without the normal heel, ball, toe push off creating pain as they try to compensate for all the misalignments going on higher up in the body. So, next time your feet are hurting, check your posture. Getting the picture? Everything in our bodies is connected and rarely does the point of pain you are experiencing originate there. Once you correct the misalignment, your foot pain will disappear also.
We know how to get to the root of your foot pain. We understand the connections and what to do to untangle the postural issues life has created in your body so that you can be pain free. Call us at Pain Free Performance…we are here to help.