Ok. So you know something is off. Ankles hurt, arches hurt. Calves are fatigued. Your lower back hurts, but it will go away on its own. Ehh, maybe it's age.Or maybe its growing pains. No!. Malalignment begins at the base and cause pain and discomfort. Pain is not normal or to be expected.
Clarification is always a good idea. It’s important to know all of the facts. While it is estimated that only about 20% of people with flat or misaligned feet have pain in their feet, there are other places i the effects of the falt foot-caused malalignment can manifest. Not only that, but other areas of your health could be affected by not being able to exercise due to pain in your body. Let’s look at the three main areas of your health that can be affected by having flat or misaligned feet:
Foot Related Conditions
The most obvious place to look first would be issues with the feet. Flat or misaligned feet left untreated can cause pain, discomfort, and other symptoms such as:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Posterior tibial dysfunction
- Big Toe Joint Issues such as loss of normal range of motion
- Heel Pain
- Metatarsalgia –pain in the ball of the foot
- Nerve Pain (Morton’s Neuroma & Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome)
Issues you may notice in your feet could also include inflammation in ligaments that are under pressure as a result of the bones being out of line in your foot. While a lot of these symptoms will likely be obvious and easily diagnosable, we need to consider the root cause of these symptoms.
Problems with the Lower Body and Back
YOur feet stay in contact with the ground. And like all structures of multiple pieces, the stability of the base dictates the strain on the high pieces. We use muscles tendons and ligaments too much to maintain these higher off the ground pieces. When the ankle bone and heel bone do not align properly, the leg rotates internally, The lower leg and upper leg twist different amounts and cause strain of the supporting ligaments. The upper leg still does twist and this twisting leads to the hip being pulled away from the pelvisThe pelvis tilts forward and compresses the lower back. These problems will only get worse with age and wear and tear.
Limitations on Exercise
The foot controls your ability to be active. It is common to see higher rates of diaetes, high blood pressure, fatigue and even depression all related to an inability to be active. If you think you or someone you love or care about may have the problems listed above. we would be honored to evaluate the cause and discussed multiple treatment options specifically for you.