Facet Disease | Arch Support
The development of facet disease, or spinal arthritis, later in your life may be partially caused by years of poor arch support for your feet. Occasionally going barefoot or wearing sandals usually won’t pose a problem, but when the feet are not properly supported for extended periods of time, a series of spinal problems can accumulate and potentially contribute to the development of facet disease.
Spinal pain and your feet
Your feet have the job of supporting your entire body weight when you stand. Supporting the arch, or the natural curve at the bottom of each foot, is extremely important, as the arches help us maintain proper posture. If the arches fall or are flattened over time, the ankles could hyperpronate, or roll inward. Hyperpronation can set off a chain reaction up the body, causing the legs, hips and spine to abnormally rotate. The body’s center of gravity shifts as a result, adding undue stress to the muscles, ligaments and joints. Neck and back pain may develop at this point. The facet joints of the spine must then try to perform their flexibility duties in abnormal positions. Facet disease may arise earlier in life than it normally would have, as the increased wear and tear can lead to the faster break down of the joint cartilage and eventual bone friction. This can cause inflammation, tenderness, stiffness and pain to arise in the spine.
Preventing facet disease
You may not be able to completely prevent spinal arthritis, but you can take steps to avoid an early onset of the condition. You can begin by maintaining proper posture and arch support for your feet, performing exercises to strengthen core muscles and living a healthy lifestyle.
If poor arch support over the years has contributed to your facet joint degeneration and spinal pain, your physician may suggest conservative treatments such as physical therapy and pain medication. If conservative methods fail to provide adequate relief, you should consider the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. These procedures have helped tens of thousands of people find relief from neck and back pain. To learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute and schedule your initial consultation.