New discoveries on standing well confirm that if your SHOES have ANY arch supports then they make the rest of your body twist and shift around to compensate for the imbalances they are causing.
Where your body does this shifting and twisting, often in the back or neck, can cause pain there. This is simply because your body is compensating there for the imbalances that your shoes are causing.
THIS IS A BIG DEAL... IT'S A NEW DISCOVERY THAT HASN'T YET MADE IT TO MAINSTREAM, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S WRONG.
I know this is different than what you have been led to believe. Companies make and a lot of money selling shoes WITH different kinds of arch support. This is because a lot of people's feet hurt and, by putting supportunder the arch of your foot and inside your shoe, can make feet feel better. Unfortunately, the arch of your foot isn't the beginning of the imbalance and so supporting it with arch supports just stresses some other part of the body.
Everyone missed this until the early 1990's. It's been only slowly getting out because it will cost a lot of people a lot of money.
This concept of NOT having any arch support in your shoes, has been tested on 10's of thousands of patients – all with the same result regardless if the person had fallen arches or high arches.
The shifting and twisting goes up one leg, over, and then down the other leg like this: first, something goes wrong with the mechanics of one foot. That changes that foot, the ankle attached to those bones on that foot, the knee above that ankle, and the hip above that.
Then the entire pelvis goes crooked in some way (depending upon what happened to the foot and which foot bone is out of place).
Once the pelvis goes crooked, it causes the opposite side hip to get twisted. This changes it's alignment. This then changes the alignment of the knee below it and the ankle below that.
Once the opposite ankle is twisted out of proper alignment the foot is also twisted out of alignment, changing its mechanics.
Given that you have two feet, what you then have is a foot with a mechanical problem because something happened to it that needs to be corrected, and a foot with a mechanical problem that is there strictly because of - and to COMPENSATE for - the other foot.
If you correct the original foot, it will straighten the ankle, knee, hip, pelvis ON BOTH SIDES.
If you try to correct them BOTH with arch supports you will have a problem forever with back pain, neck pain or foot pain. The compensating side DOES NOT have a problem – it disappears as soon as you fix the other one.
If you're supporting the compensation side (which automatically corrects when the other is corrected and no longer needs to be compensated for) you will CAUSE a misalignment of the foot, ankle, knee, hip, pelvis, back and god knows what else.
Unfortunately, many people get orthotics or use arch supports to "correct" their back, foot, knee or whatever and then, they stop having problems with that, but later are in my office for headaches or some other back pain.
The way out of this mess is through 2 complimentary treatments. One you can do yourself by checking and fixing your shoes. The other is to seek care for, and fix, JUST THE FOOT THAT NEEDS IT, or whatever else in the body is causeing both feet to compensate.
There is a lot of information on the mechanics of why this is so and how to fix the arch supports in your shoes in this Ebook.
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