ARE YOUR FEET CAUSING YOUR BACK PAIN?
When your foot hits the ground, your whole body feels the effect. Imagine in your car if your shock absorbers were worn out. You would feel every bump and jolt from the road. Your feet and legs are much the same way. The greater the impact of your step, the more impact it has on your body. Sometimes our legs are not quite the same length due to joint replacements or arthritic conditions in the ankle, knee, or hip. Even small differences may cause back or leg pain. A small heel lift can often change symptoms dramatically. Many times tightness in the ankle can also contribute to back pain. When the ankle joint is tight, this essentially makes that leg “longer” which can cause the spine to curve slightly and result in back and leg pain. Your feet and legs need to be able to support the rest of your body during walking tasks. We will evaluate your leg and foot strength and mobility and focus on improving the muscles that are weak and stretching those that are tight.This in turn will allow you to walk with better form and help to eliminate back pain. If we find that you need some typeofmodification toyourshoesor insertswewillmake those recommendations as well. We want to look at everything that can be contributing to your back pain, not just your back. This can be done under the guidance and expertise of our physical therapists at Peak Motion Physical Therapy.
SEASONAL RECIPE Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
INGREDIENTS • 3/4 cup white sugar • 1/4 cup vegetable oil • 2 eggs • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin • 1/4 cup water • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease and flour muffin pan or use paper liners. Mix sugar, oil, eggs. Add pumpkin and water. In separate bowl mix together the baking flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Add wet mixture and stir in chocolate chips. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
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