Foot orthotics, also known as foot insoles, are a cost effective way of dealing with the problem of lower back pain. By simply inserting an insole into your shoe, the effect is to correct spine alignment via one or both feet. As such, foot insoles are also known as “spine aligners”.
Back pain usually occurs in the lower back and can often be as a result of imbalance due to the landing of the arches of the feet. This imbalance sends a shock wave into the bones and muscles of the legs and finally into the pelvis and lower back. It can be debilitating and painful. If you do suffer from a similar problem, you’re probably wondering how you can reduce the pain. Read on to find out how.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON FOOT PROBLEMS?
There are a wide variety of foot problems arising from certain mechanical dysfunctions in the feet. They include overpronation, underpronation and supination.
1. Supination and pronation are two natural mechanisms that should occur during the push-off phase of the heel’s movement. Pronation is a moderate inward roll that is followed by supination which is a moderate flattening of the arches of the feet. This spreads the weight of the body evenly across the expanse of the feet and provides a springiness instead of a flat fall or an unbalanced movement.
2. Overpronation occurs when the inward roll of the foot during normal movement is excessive. As the heel’s outer edge hits the ground and prepares to lift again, the inward arch between the heel and the toes should roll in moderately and then flatten out. When the roll-in is excessive, an enormous amount of pressure is placed on the toes and this leads to lower back pain because it pushes the ankle and spine out of balance.
3. Supination or underpronation occurs when at the stage where the outer edges of the heels push off the ground to provide a lift, the arches of the feet roll outward excessively. In this case also, a lot of strain is placed on the tendons, muscles and ligaments that are required to give balance to the ankles for movement. Ligaments could tear, causing the ankle to be ruptured and sending that dreaded shock wave up into the spine and lower back.
THE FIVE SIGNS OF OVERPRONATION
CORRECTING PRONATION WITH SPINE ALIGNERS™
Normal movement of the feet should cause a “domino effect” and should flow freely from the heels, through the arches, in an evenly distributed manner among the toes and then back again.
The bearing of the weight of the body should be spread out across all parts of the feet and not be shifted to the edges of the feet or heavily inclined towards the toes. Either of these two situations creates an imbalance that tears muscles and causes lower back pain.
Orthotic foot insoles employ a technology that seeks to restore the alignment of the feet with the spine so that no part of the weight of the body is thrown forward or pinned to the arches of the feet. Our Spine Aligners centralize the fall of the weight of the body on your feet and give your feet’s arches the support and cushion needed for a moderate pronation and supination.
Some people have excessive pronation, while some have too little supination. Finding the right spine aligners for your feet is imperative to maintaining a balanced gait and an improved overall performance.
Our Spine Aligners relieve you of the pain you feel in your lower back and in your ankles because they do not come with a flat surface like traditional shoes do. This is done by stabilising and realigning the heel at a 2° angle and by controlling and supporting the arch back to a natural 'neutral' position. There is also antimicrobial Orthalite® foam cushioning extra comfort and breathability.
The London Spine Clinic have had considerable input in developing the Spine Aligners. Now we have a product that provides the support you need to improve foot care and reduce back pain considerably.