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How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Overcome Foot Problems 

 April 24, 2024

By  Dr. Jim Weatherley

chiropractic care footFlat feet, also known as pes planus or fallen arches, is a common condition that affects the structure and function of the feet. While flat feet on their own may seem like just a foot concern, this misalignment at your base can actually lead to a chain reaction of issues that travel up through your body, ultimately impacting your spinal health and overall wellness. In this article, we’ll explore the connection between flat feet and the spine, and how seeking care from a chiropractor can help resolve pain, improve posture, and get your whole body back in alignment.

How Flat Feet Affect Your Body’s Alignment

Your feet are quite literally the foundation of your entire musculoskeletal system. With each step you take, your feet absorb impact, provide balance, and help propel you forward. Proper foot alignment, including normal arches, ensures an even distribution of weight and force through your feet and up the kinetic chain of your body.

However, when you have flat feet, your arches collapse, disrupting this proper biomechanical flow. Your ankles may roll inward (overpronation), your knees may buckle and turn inward, your hip rotation may be affected, and ultimately, your spine may become misaligned as your body compensates up the chain. Over time, this dysfunction in your feet can lead to pain, stiffness, and postural changes throughout your lower extremities and back.

The Ripple Effect of Flat Feet on Spinal Health

The biomechanical disruption caused by flat feet doesn’t just stay in your feet. This foundational imbalance sends a ripple effect up through your body, often manifesting in spinal issues such as:

  1. Lower back pain: The altered gait and weight distribution from flat feet adds stress to the muscles and joints of the lower back, leading to strain and aches.
  2. Neck and shoulder tension: As your body struggles to adapt and your posture shifts, your head and neck may push forward, creating tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back.
  3. Sciatica: The changes in alignment and gait can sometimes irritate the sciatic nerve, causing radiating pain, numbness, or tingling in your legs.
  4. Accelerated spinal degeneration: The chronic stress and misalignment from untreated flat feet may speed the wear and tear on your spine, potentially contributing to conditions like spinal arthritis.

How a Chiropractor Can Help Flat Feet and Spinal Alignment

Chiropractic care is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment approach that focuses on proper alignment of the spine and musculoskeletal system to alleviate pain, improve function, and support whole-body health. For people with flat feet, a chiropractor can help address both the structural issues in the feet themselves and the secondary problems that develop in the spine. Here’s how:

  1. Chiropractic adjustments for spinal alignment: Using precise manual adjustments, a chiropractor can gently correct misalignments in the spine and pelvis that may have resulted from flat feet. This can help relieve pain, reduce nerve irritation, and restore balanced posture.
  2. Custom-designed orthotics: Chiropractors can fit you with custom orthotic inserts made to support your unique foot structure. Unlike generic shoe inserts, these specialized orthotics can help control excess pronation, absorb shock, and promote healthier foot biomechanics.
  3. Prescriptive exercises: Your chiropractor can teach you specific exercises to help strengthen the muscles of your feet and lower legs, providing better support for your arches. Core and postural exercises may also be included to enhance spinal stability.
  4. Soft tissue work: Massage techniques and other manual therapies can be used to relieve tight, sore muscles in the feet and legs that may be contributing to your pain and dysfunction.

Get to the Root of Your Pain with Chiropractic Care

Living with flat feet doesn’t mean you have to accept pain as your new normal. Chiropractic care offers a whole-body approach to effectively managing the cause and effects of flat feet, helping you achieve proper alignment, less pain, and improved function from the ground up.

Our knowledgeable and caring chiropractic team is here to help you get back on your feet and enjoying the activities you love. If you’re struggling with foot pain, back pain, or other issues related to flat feet, contact our office today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation. Let us help you take a step in the right direction towards better health and wellness!

This article is copyrighted by Blogging Chiropractors for its Doctor of Chiropractic members and may not be copied or duplicated in any manner including printed or electronic media, regardless of whether for a fee or gratis without the prior written permission of Blogging Chiropractors.

Dr. Jim Weatherley


Dr. Jim Weatherley is a licensed chiropractor serving patients in Conway and throughout central Arkansas. Dr. Weatherley and the rest of the friendly team at Natural State Clinic of Chiropractic are dedicated to your total health and well being.

Dr. Jim Weatherley

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