What is back pain?
Back pain is quite a common condition that can be started with an injury or it can also be an accumulation of many years of overuse. Back pain is a problem that needs serious attention because, when left untreated or dragged on for many years, it can cause serious and permanent damage. The most common consequence of long-term back pain is the displacement or bulging of the spine disk or spinal arthritis.
How to treat back pain?
First of all, it is important to determine what has caused your back pain. It is only by determining if it is related to something happening with your feet, knees, ankles or hips that you will be able to have the best treatment possible.
1. Relieving the pressure on your back
If your back pain is related to a foot-knee-back misalignment, your lower back is taking up more pressure and impact forces than it is supposed to, because your feet are not perfectly aligned with the rest. Your podiatrist can help with that by prescribing and making a custom-made plantar orthotic tailored to your needs and sport. By recreating the perfect alignment between your feet-knees-back, your lower back will no longer suffer from your feet deformity. Also, your podiatrist can determine with a posture and gait exam if you are suffering from a limb length difference. This difference can be directly adjusted through your custom-made orthotics or through a modification in your shoes.
2. Strengthening your feet
Weak muscles around your feet can make them more unstable. Any instability of the feet will make your lower back suffer from more impact forces than it needs to. By following a strengthening and stretching program prescribed by your podiatrist, you can help your feet get stronger so they hold more weight so that your lower back does not have to.
How to treat back pain at home?
While waiting for your podiatric consultation, you can relieve your pain at home by following these steps: