“The leg bone’s connected to the thigh bone…The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone…,” that old song is telling you more than you may realize. Our body parts are chained together, with one link–or bone–connecting at the joint to another link. And just like a chain, if one link is out of position, the next link will be as well- eventually, all the parts are overstressed and disjointed, and the entire system is adversely affected.
So, likewise, if your lower back has been hurting, and you don’t remember doing anything to injure it, it stands to reason that you should consider the health of your overall body to help you determine the source of your pain. Shockingly, this often leads back to your feet. Foot pain is something that many people try to ignore, or dismiss as a simple fact of life or temporary nuisance. After all, doesn’t everyone’s feet hurt now and then? But if foot pain is something that has been with you for quite awhile, it could be causing problems in your ankles, knees, hips and even your back.
That’s what happens when we have foot pain. If the normal way of walking is painful, we instinctively change our walking pattern. Say you have arthritis, and your big toe joint hurts, so you change our gait to avoid bending the joint when you walk. Changing your gait changes the mechanics of your ankle joint, eventually causing ankle pain. This change in your walking pattern can also affect the whole chain of your lower body… from the ankle, to the knee, to the hip, and then to the lower back.
When foot pain or a foot deformity causes you to change the way you walk, it changes the way the bones of all those other joints move with each other. Cartilage in the joints can wear down, ligaments and tendons can be stressed beyond their normal range, and arthritis can set in.
If your feet or ankles aren’t working right, don’t ignore them! Contact Michigan foot doctor Anthony Weinert for an evaluation, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Weinert immediately. If you suspect the injury is serious, contact Weinert’s Warren office at 586-751-3338 or his Troy office at 248-362-3338. In addition you can visit Dr. Weinert on his office website at http://www.stopfeetpainfast.com where you can request a free copy of his book Stop Feet Pain Fast.