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Why David Hasselhoff NEVER has Back Pain

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So why does David Hasselhoff never have back pain? The answer may surprise you!

Watch Dr. Rob explain why running barefoot on the beach could be the key for preventing back pain!

So if your back has been bothering you and you can’t seem to figure out why, your feet may be the answer! Especially if you’ve had foot pain for awhile.

Your intrinsic foot muscles are important for maintaining the arches in your feet. Like any muscle when you don’t use it, it gets weak. So wearing shoes all the time, even in the house, can lead to weak foot muscles and eventually fallen arches. So how can this cause back pain?

Everything is Connected

Like Dr. Rob said, when the arches of your feet start to flatten it can start affecting things up the chain. If your foot isn’t moving properly or is in pain then your ankle picks up the extra, then your knee, then your hip, and eventually your low back starts kicking in. Eventually you’ve altered the way you’re walking and your joints are loaded in ways they’re not normally loaded. This is what can lead to pain.

So Kick Off Your Shoes

Try ditching shoes next time you go into your back yard or to the beach or park. Soft surfaces like sand and grass force you to use the intrinsic muscles in your feet. The more you use these muscles, the stronger they become and it will prevent the issue from moving up the chain!

If you’re lacking grass or sand nearby here are some intrinsic foot exercises you can try at home to improve your arch strength!

Little Toe Lifts

Little Toe Lifts

For this exercise keep the big toe driven down into the floor while lifting the other toes up towards the ceiling. The key here is to keep the arch of the foot strong for this exercise, don’t allow the foot to roll in while lifting the small toes up. This may give you a false sense of toe elevation here.

Big Toe Lifts

Big Toe Lifts

For this exercise raise your big toe while keeping the other toes flat on the floor. Don’t allow the foot to roll out as you perform this, this may give you a false sense of big toe elevation. Also, avoid scrunching the little toes as you perform this. The more you practice this the better you will get at isolating the big toe and the greater the range of motion you will be able to go through.

Short Foot Exercise

Foot Arch

Focus on bringing the base of the big toe and heel together, this is achieved by arching the foot! Don’t curl the toes to achieve this, keep the toes flat on the floor, the motion should be coming from the arch of your foot.

If you’re struggling with low back pain, foot pain, or even just the above exercises, come see one of our awesome therapists! We’ll help you get to the bottom of your issue and see if you’re a candidate for our amazing orthotics!

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