When you have low back pain the first thoughts that come to mind are how do I get rid of the pain? Should I see my physician or get myself to a chiropractor? We know back pain is frustrating and that there are more options than getting an appointment with the chiropractor, massage therapist, or physician. One of the most effective ways to treat low back pain is through physical therapy. An experienced physical therapist can discover what is causing the pain, provide hands-on care for pain relief, and give you specific exercises or movements to help you get rid of your pain.
A big challenge in today’s world of healthcare is that when you have an injury or suffer from pain you often must see your primary care physician (PCP) first before a specialist. A PCP has limited knowledge in muscle and joint problems. The chances are high that you will be given some pain medication and then told follow up in a couple of weeks if you are still hurting. If your pain persists then you are referred to a specialist. If you are lucky you may get an appointment with your physicians quickly, but often you will be waiting weeks. Hopefully, your low back pain will resolve on its own. But if it does not then the ‘waiting game’ can take you from an acute phase of back pain to one that becomes chronic. By the time you get to your specialist you are in more pain. The chances are your specialist will offer you the options of an injection or surgery. If you decide on an injection you may be referred to a physical therapist or chiropractor. If you are not a surgical candidate or do not want surgery, chances are you will be referred to a physical therapist or chiropractor. You have waited weeks to months only to end up where you could have started and have had someone help you to get out of pain from the beginning.
There really can be many reasons for foot pain. Some of those reasons deal with your feet and others not.
A common reason for foot pain is plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the thick, supportive tissue that runs the length of your foot. The structure and mechanics of your feet often play a role in this type of discomfort, but can be influenced from body mechanics above your feet.
Another reason for foot pain is arthritis. Your feet have a lot of bones and many joints where those bones meet. Over time those joints can begin to wear. The cartilage between those joints breaks down and bones can begin to rub. Much like plantar fasciitis this can be due to faulty body mechanics.
Even your low back can be the reason for foot pain. The lower nerve roots in your spine can create pain in the heel. This can be mistaken for plantar fasciitis.
Pain in the bottom of your feet could also be due to a stress fracture. A stress fracture is a tiny crack in the bone. These can occur due to faulty body mechanics, poorly fitting and unsupportive shoes, constantly walking/running on hard surfaces, and landing with a high impact. Remember, if you have low bone density it takes a lot less stress on the feet to cause these types of fractures.
Nerve injuries to the feet can result in intense pain or burning, and even numbness and tingling. Remember to check your feet if you have numbness because the potential to step on a sharp object that punctures the skin can create an infection.
There are a lot of reasons why the bottom of your feet can hurt with plantar fasciitis one of the most common. If you are having pain in your feet and walking or running has become uncomfortable then you should find a specialist. A physical therapist has the expertise to figure out why you are having foot pain.
At Body Evolution we like to joke that we have a foot fetish. Much of our training revolves around the gait or walking cycle and you better know a lot about the feet if you want to understand how humans move. If you are having pain underneath your feet please give us a call or come in for a Discovery session to find out how we can help you get back to walking and running without pain.
Humans were designed to walk and run. We take thousands of steps every day even if we live sedentary lifestyles. It really is our main mode of transportation. We might drive our car to get to the office or grocery store, but we spend the time at the office or store walking from one place to another. Some of us hike or run for enjoyment and exercise adding thousands more steps to their day. Those of us who have the capacity to walk and run do not think about what it would feel like when you can’t, until you can’t.
When you start to have pain under your foot or feet the thousands of steps a day can reduce to hundreds or even less. You have been walking for years and never had pain. So why now? Why are the underneath of your feet hurting?
Back pain during and after pregnancy is a common phenomenon. A woman’s body undergoes a lot of change during pregnancy and after giving birth. There are changes in how a woman walks, hormonal changes that cause the ligaments to be more relaxed, postural changes from carrying a child internally and after birth (think of holding a child on the hip), and often weakness from muscles having been stretched. If a cesarean-section was required, then there will be weakness of the abdomen and possible limitations in mobility from scarring.
Let’s be honest, women are ‘tough mothers,’ and often live through their discomfort as they raise their child(ren). But there is no need to suffer. Back pain after childbirth is treatable.
One of the first questions we ask our female clients of child-bearing age is have they had children? Was it a natural birth or Caesarean section? We know the effects childbirth can have on a woman’s body and back pain is often a result.
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