Are Your Feet Causing Your Back Pain?

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Foot pain is a very common problem! In fact, over half of the people in the United States experience foot pain at some point throughout their lives. Each foot contains nerves that pass through the spine to the brain. These nerves enable us to walk, run and feel sensations as we move. The nerves in the feet can also impact our comfort and may cause pain as we walk.

How Foot Pain Leads to Back Pain

Since the feet must bear the impact of our full weight while we walk, damage to the feet is a common problem. Everything from a poorly fitting shoe to a fall or a slip can cause foot problems.

And, once your body has an injury on or in your foot, you may start limping or assuming a compensatory posture, and that can impact other parts of your body, like your back. Compensatory postures can put a strain on your back, which can cause injuries to occur over time.

Foot pain can't always be prevented, but working with a chiropractor can help reduce the time that you're in pain. By working with a chiropractor, you can make your foot pain short-lived, so you can get back to walking and feeling like yourself again.

Types of Treatment for Foot Pain

There are many types of chiropractic treatment that can help with foot pain, including the following:

Chiropractic Manipulation

Chiropractic manipulation is a type of treatment when the chiropractor realigns the spine to relieve pressure on the nerves. Chiropractic manipulation can improve communication between the brain and the rest of the body, which can promote healing when something is going wrong.

Orthotic Shoes

Orthotic shoes can correct biomechanical problems occurring with the way you walk, stand or run. Your chiropractor can help you determine whether orthotic shoes can help, and can recommend shoes that can reduce your pain.

Foot Conditions That Your Chiropractor Can Treat

There are many conditions that your chiropractor can help treat. Some of the common ailments that occur include:

Plantar fasciitis

This condition is characterized by heel pain due to strain on the ligaments within the foot. This strain can cause a variety of problems including inflammation. While your medical doctor may recommend a cortisone shot to help deal with the pain, your chiropractor will recommend natural ways to manage the pain and also heal the foot.

By adjusting your posture and by performing various exercises, you can treat plantar fasciitis. You may choose to work with your medical doctor as well as your chiropractor to treat your plantar fasciitis, or you may also choose a natural approach. We'll help you decide which course of treatment is best for you.

Ankle sprain

An ankle sprain may not sound like a big deal, but these types of injuries can affect everything from the muscles to the bones. Sometimes bones don't return to their normal position when healing from this kind of injury. Work with your chiropractor to get help for this kind of condition.

Flat Feet

Flat feet are most often a problem in childhood. Your chiropractor can help you manage this condition and engage in exercises that can help raise the arch, which ultimately can help protect you from injury and pain through the course of normal aging.


Arthritis in the feet can impact the way you walk and how you feel while you're walking. Sometimes poorly fitting shoes can make problems if you have arthritis. Your chiropractor can help you evaluate which shoes are best.

Achilles tendinitis

This condition occurs after engaging in physical activity without stretching. Your chiropractor can help you manage the pain and avoid this kind of problem in the future by giving you stretches to engage in before doing physical activity.

Do You Have Foot Pain? Back Pain? See the Chiropractor in Anchorage, AK

Foot pain can impact everything from your quality of life to your spine health. Fortunately, you don't have to live with foot pain. Working with a chiropractor, you can manage your conditions and make foot pain a thing of the past.

At Ireland Clinic of Chiropractic, we use natural, non-invasive procedures to help treat your foot pain. Contact us today to make an appointment for a chiropractic adjustment, consultation, and other services