80% of Americans at some point experience lower back pain. Harvard Medical School published a study that claimed this statistic and found that it is the fifth most common reason to see a physician. Research has shown that much of the alleged suffering actually is a result of poor biomechanics of the feet.
Improper alignment of the feet can affect the 'kinetic chain' all the way up to the spine while walking. The kinetic chain is another way of saying the energy transferred from you foot striking the ground to the joints of your back. For more information on how the kinetic chain is affected by your feet set up an appointment at Frederick Foot and Ankle Specialists at our locations: Frederick and Urbana, MD.
Imagine this: gravity, your body weight and the velocity at which you are traveling striking the ground with each step. The force created can be immense. It is crucial for that force to be dissipated throughout the body equally. When that does not occur stress on joints and other structures can occur. Ailments such as: meniscus damage, tendonitis, muscle pain and even stress fractures occur within the body.
About 9 out of 10 times, correcting the misalignment in the feet can relieve lower back and knee pain. This can be achieved with the help of orthotics. There are over-the-counter (OTC) orthotics and "custom-fitted" orthotics. While OTC orthotics can relieve some pain, customized orthotics are the best devices for optimal relief. There are 3 types of orthotics: rigid, soft and semi-rigid. Come talk to Dr. Yanes, Dr. Steinberg or Dr. Ho to get an expert opinion and prescription on what orthotic is right for you and your lifestyle.
The NBA Boston Celtics players and athletic trainers have expressed the necessity of having orthotics for athletes when misalignment of the foot is present. Many other team trainers such as Syracuse University, University of Florida and many Olympians are strong proponents of orthotics. These professional athletes use custom orthotics as a method to prevent injury and as a performance enhancer (it can improve speed, vertical jump and foot/leg alignment).
As always check your feet regularly and stop by!