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Health Coaching Show- Foot and back pain

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Listen to hear common causes of foot pain that can lead to back pain, and what to do about it.

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Foot & back pain, and what to do about it

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I saw a new client recently who is 24 yrs old with chronic low back and toe pain.  Guess where the source of his pain is.  His feet.  He has pronated (flat) feet and has pain standing and walking for prolonged periods.  If he doesn’t address the cause of his pain now he will develop more serious back, hip, knee and ankle pain and disability as he ages.

If you’re a Fit Friends’ Revolution member listen to my upcoming Health Coaching show on Wednesday May 18, 1:30 pm here where I discuss foot and back pain and what to do about it.  You get this valuable health coaching experience as part of your FRR membership so please take advantage and get out of pain.

If you do have foot or back pain send me an email with your questions and I’ll answer them during the show.  Want to call in live?  Send me an email here >

You can also leave a comment below about your pain and I’ll answer it on the show.

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Heel & arch pain and what to do about it

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arch pain

Some of my clients complain of heel and arch pain regardless if they’re training or walking in heels. This is a quick overview of one of the causes of heel and arch pain.  However, your best option is to call your physical therapist or sports medicine doctor.

Tightness of the achilles tendon and plantar fascia (see above) can cause pain in the heel and arch of the foot called “plantar fasciitis”.  The achilles tendon attaches to the calf muscles.  Stretching these structures will decrease the pressure to the heel and have less pull on the arch.  Here’s a good stretching guide from the mayo clinic.  Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times per day and after training.  Do the stretches everyday. If your symptoms worsen, stop and call your health care professional.


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What numbness in your foot might mean

lumbar radiculopathy

I remember early in my physical therapy career, I saw a young man who had chronic foot pain and numbness.  He had seen doctors, chiropractors and therapists who treated his foot without any results.  I took him through a thorough evaluation and asked key questions like:

  • Where are your symptoms?
  • When are they worse?
  • Does any position or activity give help to lessen your symptoms or make them worse?

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