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You Can’t Run from Pain: Balancing Foot Problems for Total Body Wellness

You Can’t Run from Pain: Balancing Foot Problems for Total Body Wellness

Are you paying proper attention to your personal foundation?

You certainly are aware of the importance of maintaining a strong foundation under your house. Have you ever considered the vital importance of the foundation of your own body?

A recent article on fitness in the Columbus magazine “614” discussed some common injuries that many of us suffer in the course of our fitness regimens and the piece inspired us to share this important information with you.


Whether it’s jogging in the neighborhoods of Dublin, hitting the treadmill at the Liberty Township/Powell YMCA, or “mall- walking” at Polaris or Easton, our bodies – specifically our feet – take a pounding. It’s crazy when you think about it, but the shock and stress placed upon the feet when walking is actually that of 2.5 times your body weight and 3.5 times your weight when running!

Did you know there are 26 bones, 106 ligaments, and over 100 muscles in your feet? They all help support your body and – if they are cared for properly – also serve to prevent conditions like Runners Knee, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Achilles Tendonitis, and Shin Splints.

shin splints

Therefore, if we ignore the feet, their muscles, and their proper alignment, we are simply setting ourselves up for pain and injuries. And – when those injuries to knees and tendons, etc. do indeed occur – many folks tend to forget what may be the underlying cause: a problem in the feet.

When pain rears its ugly head, the Physical Therapy emphasis is typically focused on improving flexibility and strength training. These are good concepts and pursuits, but – as in any well-rounded endeavor – it’s just plain smart to start at the foundation of your body: the feet.

Dr. Don Harris, D.C. is considered an expert in this field and he states “with any degree of flat feet(pronation), it will be impossible to have a level spine, and (this) will cause neck and low back translation, i.e. forward shifting along with a pelvic tilt”.


At Alternative Health Oasis in Powell, we strongly recommend a variety of orthotics by a company called “Foot Levelers.” (The word “orthotics” is simply a catch-all for any “externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system.”)

Orthotics by Foot Levelers work to stabilize and balance feet while enhancing the body’s performance and efficiency, reducing pain, and contributing to total body wellness. The holistic health approach from Foot Levelers is just one of the many reasons that we’re big fans of the company and their products, all of which are designed to support the arches in each foot, reduce the increased shock of walking or running and provide a more balanced hip and spine alignment.

Foot arch supports

Our dedication to the value of good orthotics comes from personal experience. Dr. Mike himself suffered shin splints on two different occasions, with the first painful episode popping up in 1975. Oblivious to the fact that he suffered from flat feet, the shin splints returned in 1986. But after purchasing his first pair of orthotics soon after, and using them to stabilize and properly support the rest of his body, he has not had a case of shin splints since!

We encourage you to be healthy and run, walk, and enjoy life! To keep your body working right and devoid of pain, take a moment to call our office or contact us here and schedule a free evaluation and recommendation to keep your foundation strong.