Your feet are the foundation on which your body stands and functions. Chiropractors recognize that one of the keys to spinal health, and therefore the maintenance of overall health, is taking good care of the feet. A foot injury can lead, for instance, to limping. And when the body starts compensating for a limp or for any joint that can’t pull its weight, the over-stressed parts will start to ache. Most likely the other leg or hip will start to ache. Next may come lower back pain.

 Feet are complicated parts of the anatomy. They are an intricate latticework of bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles that work in unison to let us walk and stand properly. They absorb and spread considerable pressure with each step that we take. If something is off in the biomechanics of the foot, there can be serious repercussions for the rest of the body.
 If you have injured a foot and it has changed your gait, causing pain in your hips or lower back, you might want to visit a podiatrist, a doctor whose specialty is the foot and lower extremities. And one important fact to keep in mind is that sturdy footwear is essential to keeping your feet operating correctly.
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