How Foot Abnormalities Contribute to Low Back Pain

William M. Austin, DC, CCSP, CCRD Most chronic low back pain is the result of some form of structural weakness or failure.1–2 The cause of chronic lumbar spine breakdown is microtrauma, which is produced by biomechanical errors, structural asymmetries, tissue weaknesses and excessive external loads. The source of these conditions must be recognized and addressed 

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Pronation Protocols: 7 Steps to Adjust the Pronated Foot

By: Mark Charrette, DC When a foot is severely pronated, or flat, it means its arches have fallen. Flat feet are less shock-absorbent and make for a less stable “base” for everything above: bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Feet are the body’s foundation. Learn about the different parts of the foot and 

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Research Backs Weightbearing Casting Methods

By: Jeffrey D. Olsen, DC Time and again, the weightbearing casting method has been shown to be the most reliable, accurate, and effective process for creating custom-made foot orthotics. The question as to which type of orthotic is the best for your patients has been settled, too: Foot Levelers’ functional orthotics work best; they have 

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Rehabilitation Technique: ASR

Download PDF Now The ASR Program: Improving Foot and Ankle Alignment Pronation and supination are normal foot movements that occur during walking and running, but when they exceed normal ranges, the stability of the entire musculoskeletal complex is at risk. Excessive pronation hampers the body’s ability to stand, walk and run. Excessive supination makes the 

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Knee Pain and Orthotic Support

Download PDF Now The knee forms a crucial link in the lower extremity chain, transferring ground-reaction forces to the hips and trunk. Research has shown that normal walking with hard leather shoe heels produces a .5 G impact at the skull.1 Forces that can be measured as far up as the skull obviously transmit significant 

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Supination and Orthotic Support

Download PDF Now Low Back Pain and Orthotic Support When patients turn to Chiropractors for relief from back pain, few, if any, expect their feet to be involved. Yet in 7 out of 10 patients, postural fatigue and spinal strain are the cause of their discomfort.1 This stress can often be traced directly to altered 

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