Custom Foot orthotics can potentially help with low back pain, especially if the pain is related to issues with foot alignment or gait mechanics. Here’s how foot orthotics may be beneficial:

  1. Improving Alignment: Foot orthotics are designed to correct foot alignment and provide support to the arches of the feet. If you have flat feet, high arches, or other foot alignment issues, orthotics can help distribute your weight more evenly and improve the alignment of your lower body, including the knees, hips, and lower back.
  2. Reducing Strain: When your feet are properly supported, it can reduce strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments throughout your legs and lower back. This can be especially helpful if you have biomechanical issues that contribute to overpronation (rolling inward) or supination (rolling outward) of the feet during walking or running.
  3. Enhancing Shock Absorption: Orthotics can also provide cushioning and shock absorption, which can reduce the impact on your feet and lower back, particularly during activities that involve standing, walking, or running on hard surfaces.
  4. Improving Posture: By correcting your foot alignment and gait, foot orthotics can indirectly improve your overall posture, which can have a positive impact on low back pain that is exacerbated by poor posture.

However, it’s essential to note that foot orthotics may not be suitable for everyone with low back pain. The effectiveness of orthotics can vary depending on the underlying cause of your pain and any other contributing factors.

It’s recommended to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor, a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist, who can assess your specific situation, evaluate your foot mechanics, and determine whether foot orthotics are appropriate for you.

By Dr. Zavosh: Burrard Chiropractic and Foot Orthotics