Wait … Can Your Feet Make Your Back Hurt?
Indulge us for a minute while we talk a bit about a nightmare scenario for any homeowner. (Don’t worry—this all relates back to foot care. Just stick with us.) Let’s say you’ve got a lovely home. Maybe you just bought it, or maybe you’ve been living there for years. Doesn’t matter—it’s home, and you love the place. But one day, you notice one of your upstairs windows sticking—and even a small visible gap around the frame. “That’s weird,” you say to yourself. Then you notice it happening with another window. Meanwhile, some of your doors are starting to stick, too—and a few will no longer latch properly. But hey, it isn’t really affecting your quality of life too much yet. You quickly learn to forget about it. Unfortunately, that’s not the end of your woes. Before long, even more serious signs of damage show up. Cracks running up interior walls—and even cutting through bricks on the exterior walls. Sagging floors. One day you come home from work after a long, rainy day and discover half an inch of water covering the lowest floor of your home. Put all these symptoms together, and the primary suspect behind this disaster is clear: you’ve got a bad foundation. Although the foundation may not be as flashy or exciting as a remodeled kitchen or bathroom, you really can’t expect your house to last without a strong and healthy one. Everything above is rooted to what’s below—and a cracked and crumbling foundation will, eventually, cause everything else to fall apart with it.
You see where this is going, don’t you?It’s not a perfect comparison, but you can think of your feet as if they were your foundation. And when you do, some interesting parallels pop up:
- Like a building foundation, we often take our feet for granted and don’t really think about them—until they start to have problems.
- Like a building foundation, feet that are painful or unstable aren’t just “foot problems.” Over time, they spread. Instead of sticking doors and wall cracks, you might wind up with painful inflammation in your shins, knees, and yes—even in your back.