FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics

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Flat Feet & Back Pain Treatment Cairns

Few of us are strangers to lower back or hip pain. In fact, as many as 80% of people have back pain at some point in their lives. The cause of an individual’s back pain may be obvious, due to poor core body posture or an acute trauma. However, occasionally the reason may surprise you, with the cause being your feet and lower limb biomechanics. In fact, if your feet over pronate or ‘roll inwards’ during gait, this can significantly impact areas higher up the body’s chain, such as your knee, hip and lower back, resulting in pain and stress on these areas. At FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics, we can help with professional flat feet and back pain treatment Cairns.

What Are Pronated Feet & Their Effect On The Hip & Lower Back?

Flat Feet Can Cause Back Pain

Pronation refers to the inward rotation of the foot during gait. A small degree of pronation is necessary for appropriate shock absorption and the dynamic motion of the foot, however, an excessive degree of pronation at this level will go on to result in internal rotation of the leg and hip. This results in the knee being thrown into a valgus position and the pelvis into a forward tilt. As the legs, hips and pelvis rotate, the joints will become misaligned, leading to an overload of key muscle groups, which become overactive in order to restore balance and function during stance and gait. Over time, this overuse can lead to pain anywhere from the foot up to the level of the lower back.

Another common cause of lower back pain is having a leg length difference. Having uneven leg lengths results in the longer leg over pronating at the foot, to compensate for the poor position in which the hip is placed due to the discrepancy. While this method of compensation is helpful for returning the hip into a more balanced position, the over pronation starts to create muscular imbalances and throws other joints out of their neutral alignment.

Flat Feet & Back Pain Treatment Cairns with FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics

If you are suffering knee, hip or back pain, and feel your foot posture may be a contributing factor, contact FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics today. We’re the experts in providing effective flat feet and back pain treatment Cairns, which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Supportive footwear
  • Custom Orthotics to correct misalignment of the foot and lower limb
  • Strengthening programs for the foot, leg and gluteal muscles
  • Stretching programs

Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths commonly refer patients to FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics, as our thorough biomechanical assessment and treatment modalities, are complimentary to the treatment they provide. So, if you’re looking for professional flat feet and back pain treatment Cairns, contact our clinic today to make an appointment on (07) 4045 5749.