The Connection Between Your Shoes and Spine According to Dr. Glenn L. Keiper Jr MD — The Aspiring Gentleman

The Link Between The Spine and Feet

The foot and spine connection has long been established in the field of medicine. Cervical spine posture, according to Dr. Glenn L. Keiper Jr MD, uses the entire skeletal structure. This includes soft tissue and neurological control. If the feet are not aligned properly, this can have a negative impact on all supporting joints.

Spinal Nerves and Other Issues

Spinal nerves from the lower spine travel through the legs and into the feet. With proper support, the feet can readjust posture, which can help overall spine health. An unstable posture will cause the spine to try to correct itself, but with great difficulty.

Sciatica and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Sciatica that affects the foot can be caused by several spinal disorders . A herniated lumbar disc occurs when the soft center of the disc leaks through the outer exterior. This can put undue pressure on the lower back.

What Is The Correct Posture?

Good posture helps the entire body function. Simply standing up straight is not enough to ensure spinal health. Holding the body correctly while standing, sitting, and walking means the spine is more likely to align itself.

Proper Foot Placement

Dysfunctional foot placement can lead to several issues. Difficulty walking on tiptoes, a slouching spine, and forward-pointing hips can all occur with poor foot placement.

The Role of Footwear

Certain shoes are specifically created for posture. Other shoes are extremely common but can cause pain and discomfort in the spine. The lower the heel, the less likely an individual is to feel a foot or spinal pain.

Finding The Right Support

Specialized shoes can help correct certain spinal issues and leg pain. Even shoes that are not custom-made can provide support. When looking for the right type of foot support, there are several factors to consider.

Wrap Up

Feet have a direct impact on posture. Without the right type of footwear, this can lead to back pain and slouching. Since foot placement is critical, whether standing or moving, focusing on structure and support is crucial.

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Founder of KeiperSpine and the Spine Surgery Center

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