Ideal cervical spine posture when standing requires the coordination of skeletal structure, soft tissue integrity and neurological control to resist gravitational loading forces. An often-overlooked factor of these requirements is the role that pedal stability can play in the maintenance of proper posture.Faulty foot biomechanics can have a negative impact on all supporting joints above the foot/ankle complex.
There is a connection between leg-length inequality (LLI) and the proper functioning of the body’s proprioceptive system. Restoring leg-length balance through the use of custom-made stabilizing orthotics and/or lifts can improve the proprioceptive sensory organs’ ability to coordinate body movements, postural alignment and balance. Differences in leg lengths can be either structural or functional in nature.
Whenever a concern about low-back pain brings a person in to see a chiropractor, a careful examination of the spine is required. Often neglected, however, is the importance of the feet to normal spinal function—especially in the lower back. When patients don’t respond as well as expected to their chiropractic care, a source of interference is frequently located in the pedal foundation.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition experienced by a wide variety of patients, and it can stem from numerous causes. By definition, plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia or aponeurosis. It can be caused by trauma, such as from a jumping or running activity, or it can have a more chronic nature from the longstanding stretching of excessively pronated feet. The pain of plantar fasciitis is commonly at its worst when a patient is rising from bed in the morning.
Childhood foot problems can have both immediate and long-term effects. During growth, the normal development of the pelvis and the spine will suffer if there is a foot imbalance. A budding athlete’s skill level—even running at recess—can be significantly affected.Later on, foot problems from childhood can interfere with adolescent (or adult) spinal function. With a relatively quick screening of your younger patients, you can identify those who need early intervention, and then provide them with proper custom-made orthotic support.