Have you ever noticed upper floors or ceilings start to sag in an older house? Cracks in walls? Windows and doors that don’t quite shut properly? You might just have a bad wall or crooked window. But these issues could also be side effects of a much more significant problem—a bad foundation.
Here’s something you might not know, though: this sort of phenomenon isn’t limited to houses or other structures built from wood, plaster, brick, and stone. It also affects structures made from flesh, muscle, and bone—in other words, you! That means if you have severe or chronic back pain, it’s very possible that your feet are a major part of the problem.
You see, every muscle, every bone, every joint in your body depends on the components above and below to do their own job properly. A problem in one area won’t stay there. Everything is interconnected, and it all rests on top of your two feet.
If your feet hurt, if they are misaligned due to a structural flaw (flat feet, for example), or even just a couple of hours in flip flops, it isn’t just a “foot problem.” These and other issues actually change the way you walk and move, forcing you to operate with a less efficient stride. Ankles, knees, hips, back, and even sometimes shoulders and neck get pulled out of their normal position in order to rebalance and compensate. Just like how misalignments from a cracked foundation can cause an upper floor window to stick or a floor to sag, a foot misalignment can lead to severe back pain and other issues.
Fortunately, fixing foundation issues with your body is usually much easier and cheaper than fixing foundation issues with your house! The Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona offer an array of innovative, effective, and conservative treatment options, including custom orthotics, MLS laser therapy, shockwave therapy, and more. Our entire team works hard to get your feet working properly again so that you can enjoy full activity without being sidelined by back pain.
To schedule an appointment at our offices in either Gilbert or Chandler, please give us a call at (480) 963-9000.