Back Pain

Low back pain comes in many forms and can have a multitude of causes. Although a Canadian Certified Pedorthist may not be the first health professional to seek with back pain, the feet can make an impact to lower back pain.

Symptoms of Back Pain

  • Pain while walking, during exercise or while performing specific tasks

Causes of Back Pain

  • Muscle strain

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Trauma
  • Pinched nerves

  • Poor foot mechanics

  • Improper footwear

  • Muscle imbalances

  • Leg length discrepancy (functional or structural)

Pedorthic Pointers for Patients

While low back pain is not normally caused solely from our feet, many patients are pleasantly surprised when they see an improvement in low back pain with the use of proper footwear and custom-made orthotics when used in conjunction with other treatment options.

  • Choosing proper footwear for your activity is important. Look for stable and cushioned shoes with sturdy heel counters (the back of the shoe) to control motion and provide shock absorption

  • When pain does occur, consult a Canadian Certified Pedorthist to determine if an over-the-counter device or a custom-made foot orthotic, along with appropriate footwear, will help the healing process and prevent the recurrence of problems

  • Avoid going barefoot or just wearing socks around the house as poor foot mechanics can aggravate the pain further if not controlled

  • Speak to your doctor or trusted health professional about core strengthening exercises

To make an appointment with a Pedorthist to receive an examination and get fitted for a custom-made foot orthotic, click here to find a Pedorthist near you.