Starting From the Ground Up

Who doesn’t love a good pair of shoes? Shoes are a simple way for us to accessorize and really pull together our outfits. According to the American Chiropractic Association, Nearly 80% of people experience back pain in their life, but did you ever think shoes could be the culprit for your back pain? When our […]

Chronic Pain & Car Accidents 

Car accidents are unpredictable. Even when anticipated, they can cause severe, lasting injuries. Research shows that of the nearly 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, auto accidents are a leading contributor. It is estimated that 37% of chronic pain cases are neck and back injuries resulting from traffic accidents and whiplash. Types of […]

Spring Cleaning Minus the Back Pain

Spring has arrived, meaning it is time to start cleaning up your house, gardening and preparing for summer! While these actions seem simple, an increase in such activities can be strenuous on your back. New Health Services believes spring cleaning is a necessity, but back pain isn’t—check out our three tips below to keep your […]

Coping Methods for Families with Someone in Chronic Pain

The impacts of chronic pain reach beyond those affected. Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks and often changes family dynamics. Challenges and role shifts can negatively impact self-images and self-esteem and can lead to guilt, depression, anxiety, resentment and powerlessness. Practicing coping can help families deal with the impacts of chronic […]

Mental Health and Chronic Pain

Chronic pain and mental health are intertwined wellness paths. Although the two are often connected, for example, those with chronic pain are prone to depression and those with depression may manifest physical, chronic pain. Many treatment options do not address both physical and mental pain concurrently. What is Chronic Pain? Chronic pain is pain that […]

START FROM THE GROUND UP

Who doesn’t love a good pair of shoes? Shoes are a simple way for us to accessorize and really pull together our outfits. According to the American Chiropractic Association, Nearly 80% of people experience back pain in their life, but did you ever think shoes could be the culprit for your back pain?

When our feet are not in proper position, the rest of our body changes its movements to support that improper position. It’s called a kinetic chain, which is the idea that the way you move one part of your body affects other areas, says Jeremy Smith, MD, a spine surgeon and back pain specialist with the Orthopedic Specialty Institute in Orange, California. The most common shoes that trigger back pain are high heels and sandals due to their unnatural arch support.

Shoes that have proper support:

  • Shoes designed to work with the natural arch of your foot. Knowing what type of arch you have is important! Generally speaking, there are three arch shapes: over-pronation (low), neutral, and excessive supination (high).
  • Running shoes are typically designed to support and address many different issues, with motion control helping pronation, stability for the neutral arch, and cushioned to assist supination arches.
  • Shoes with proper ankle support to secure the base of the ankle and foot decreasing the chance for injury
  • Shoes with good cushioning properties will reduce and soften the impact the foot endures from contact with the ground while running and walking

As you walk, you put the force of as much as five times your body weight on each foot. If the foot is not able to absorb that shock or redistribute it properly, problems can develop elsewhere.

New Health Services has a dedicated team able to treat back, knee, and joint pain. For more information, contact us at http://bit.ly/2S0KJ2s

References: How Your Feet Affect Your Spine and Back Pain? (2019). Retrieved from https://www.orthofeet.com/blogs/news/how-your-feet-affects-your-spine-and-back-pain; Stewart, K. (2016, December 21). The Best and Worst Shoes for Back Pain. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/2JNQJbr