Sore Legs and Back While Pregnant? Blame Your Feet!

sore back and legs while pregnant

Sore legs and back while you’re pregnant is stressful and may be unnecessary.

Among the many discomforts women have during pregnancy, aching feet and back pains tend to top the list.

As the fetus grows and gains weight, the expectant mother often finds that her legs ache and her feet have enlarged and are frequently swollen by the end of the day.

In addition, her back becomes sore as her center of gravity changes and she shifts to support the growing baby.

Foot Changes in Pregnancy

During pregnancy, it is often difficult for expectant women to wear the same types and width of shoes they formerly did. It can be challenging for them to be comfortable exercising, being active, or even simply walking around due to leg and back pain.

Many of these foot, leg, and back problems happen in conjunction with an increase in the hormone Relaxin early in the pregnancy. The body amplifies relaxin production to make the pelvic ligaments more flexible in preparation for the birth of the baby.

In addition to loosening the pelvic ligaments, Relaxin also affects other ligaments throughout the body, including those in the feet.

Accordingly, the plantar calcaneonavicular or spring ligament in the arch of the foot becomes more amenable to stretching, as do other foot ligaments. This ligament stretch, combined with the expectant mother’s weight increase due to the baby she is carrying, allows the foot to collapse and roll inward (pronate) under pressure from walking or running.

Consequently, lower back pain during pregnancy often comes from the rapid collapsing and over-pronation of the women’s foot arch as she strides or jogs and not just from “pregnancy posture”.

Full Contact Orthotics End Foot and Lower Back Pain

Biomechanically correct foot orthotics, such as the ICON Full Contact Orthotics I use in my practice, give stability to the ligaments of the foot and offer overall foot support.

Fabricated from a direct impression of your foot, full contact orthotics provide better shock absorption of the pressures exerted when walking, cessation of over-pronation, and a marked decrease in back, foot, and leg pain.

Pregnancy provides a great opportunity to address underlying foot problems while your foot is malleable and able to adapt to a new position. Using the time while you are pregnant to support your foot in a new corrected position will allow proper functioning and decreased pain for years to come.

Dr. Marc Klein is an Illinois-trained podiatric surgeon. His practice is dedicated to biomechanics and sports medicine. He believes in addressing his patient’s underlying problems as well as their symptoms. He lectures nationally about the Icon orthotics technology and trains other podiatrists in the newer casting techniques. He has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, CBS and Comcast newsmakers, all of which can be viewed on his website at

Dr. Klein’s office is located in The Garden Shops of Boca Raton, at 7050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. Suite 18, Boca Raton, Florida.  Map and Directions
Office phone number is 561-447-7571.

Are Heel Pain and Back Pain Related?

Heel pain and back pain can be related secondary to the abnormal functioning of the foot.

A heel pain can cause back painpronated or collapsed foot can cause heel pain as well as back pain.

If you tend to walk with more weight on the inside of your foot, then you may have a pronated foot. This abnormality can contribute to back pain.

In other words, if the way you walk is abnormal or at least not optimal, then that will cause you to have an altered gait (an altered way of walking). This can easily force your muscles, including your back muscles, to be altered which in turn could cause you back pain.

Whether your foot pain is in your heel or arch or toes or any other part of your foot, if the pain causes you to walk abnormally in any way, this could cause you back pain.

Truth be told, just about any problem you have with your feet can cause or contribute to pain throughout your body including your legs, your back, your shoulders and even your neck. After all, the entire body is connected with tissues and muscles and when one is affected, this can easily spread to others.

Sciatica Heel Pain

Your heel pain can be a result of problems with your Sciatica which results from pressure on the L5-S1 nerve root. Most people think of leg pain when they think of Sciatica issues but in addition to any pain in the leg you can also feel pain in your heel and in your back.

Pinched Nerve Foot Pain

Another common foot or heel pain that can cause back pain is a “pinched nerve” which is essentially a thickened nerve tissue, oftentimes called a neuroma. A common one is Morton’s Neuroma.

These are often a result of an injury to the foot, repetitive stress, a deformity in the foot or, most commonly for women, ill fitting shoes or high heels.

A pinched nerve, or neuroma in your foot will cause you to walk differently and as a result, it will pull your back muscles which in turn will cause you back pain.

How To Prevent Back Pain Due To Foot Problems?

Treatment of course depends on the specific foot problem but I can say that for most people suffering from this problem, the answer is usually foot orthotics. These days there are many off the shelf orthotic products but if you’re serious about the best treatment for your pain, I recommend custom Icon “full contact” orthotics.

We would create a mold of your foot, send it off to the lab to get a custom orthotic made specifically for you.

If you have questions about heel pain, ask podiatrist Dr Marc Klein.

Podiatrist For Sports Injuries in Boca Raton

foot sports injuriesIf you are looking for a podiatrist who specializes in treating sports injuries, you should visit us at High Performance Podiatry.

Our top-notch Boca Raton podiatrist, Dr. Marc B. Klein, provides innovative therapies for effective treatment of sports injuries.

If you have suffered some type of sports injury, and need the treatment of a Boca Raton podiatrist who specializes in the field, you will benefit from seeing our podiatrist who uses the most modern treatment at our podiatry practice to treat sports injury problems.

At our office we use the most advanced equipment and procedures for both the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries.

Our digital x-ray imaging allows our podiatrist to often be able to provide an immediate and complete diagnosis. This equipment allows our patients to experience less radiation exposure.

If you need stem cell therapy for fast recovery, we are able to provide you with this treatment which stimulates the growth of normal tissue formation. This type of treatment also has the benefit of resulting in less scar tissue.

We also offer platelet rich plasma treatment to aid in the recovery from tendon and ligament injuries. This treatment accelerates healing and can even help patients avoid needing to have more aggressive surgery. Our podiatrists can treat all aspects of athletic foot, ankle, and lower leg conditions. Whether y

ou need advanced reconstructive foot care, or other treatment, you will be treated by a doctor who is highly trained in podiatry-related biomechanics and sports medicine.

Among the conditions that we commonly treat are: shin splints; tendon tears; Achilles tendon ruptures; dramatic bursitis; plantar fasciitis; stress fractures; strains and sprains; trauma; foot and ankle reconstruction; gait and arch analysis; and Achilles tendinitis.

Our doctors will always try all conservative treatment methods before recommending surgery.

For an appointment to meet with our Boca Raton podiatrist regarding treatment of your sports injury problem, contact us today at 561-447-7571 or request an appointment online.

Treating Foot Neuromas in Boca Raton Florida

treating neuromas south floridaIf you have a foot neuroma, you will want to visit us at High Performance Podiatry.

Our top-notch foot doctor in Boca Raton Florida, Dr. Marc B. Klein, will be able to provide you with excellent treatment for your foot neuroma.

When a person has a neuroma, they have a painful foot condition also referred to as a pinched nerve, or a nerve tumor.

A foot neuroma is a benign growth of nerve tissue.

It can frequently occur between the third and fourth toes.

When a patient has a neuroma, they may experience pain, a burning sensation, tingling or numbness between the toes and the ball of the foot.

The most troublesome symptom of the foot neuroma is generally pain felt between the toes while you are walking.

Oftentimes, patients with neuromas find that if they rub the affected area when it is bothering them, it will feel better for a while.

Sometimes a patient may even feel as though they have a stone in their shoe.

What Causes Foot Neuromas?

It is unclear as to exactly what causes neuromas.

Some factors which can contribute to the development of neuromas include: biomechanical deformities such as a highly arched foot; foot trauma; wearing footwear that causes your toes to be squeezed together; or repeated stress in a specific area of the foot.

At the earliest sign of pain, we hope you will contact our foot doctor in Boca Raton Florida for treatment.

If a neuroma is left untreated it tends to become worse.

Our podiatrist will diagnose your foot problem and provide appropriate treatment for you which can include: orthotics; anti-inflammatory medicines; or padding and taping.

When the more conservative treatments fail, our podiatrist may recommend surgical treatment of the neuroma.

For an appointment to visit our foot doctor in Boca Raton Florida, for treatment of common foot problems as well as specialty podiatry issues such as foot neuromas, contact us today at 561-447-7571 during business hours or email us.

Treating Bunions in Boca Raton

foot bunionsBunions are a very common foot problem, and one that we are highly qualified to treat here at High Performance Podiatry.

Just as you would see a specialist if you had digestive difficulties or back pain, so too should you seek out our foot doctor as the experienced expert when it comes to treating foot Bunions.

The photo to the right shows you what a bunion would look like on your foot.

Of course, there are varying degrees of bunions, some are small, some are large.

Foot bunions can be very painful.  The reason is that when your foot develops a bunion, your body weight rests on it every time you take a step.

If your shoes are tight (which often happens) then it will probably rub against the bunion and cause calluses to form.

So you see, you should never ignore the issue of foot bunions.  We encourage you to see your podiatrist, or if you do not have one, come in to see Dr Marc Klein in Boca Raton.

His expertise and many years in practice will help you with your foot pain due to bunions.

What Are Bunions?

A bunion is a bony (often painful) hump at the base of the big toe on your foot.

The part of your toe where the joint is attached to the rest of your foot is where bunions form.

While heredity can make you more prone to getting these small bony protrusions, the more concerning risk factors include…

  • having flat feet
  • wearing poor-fitting shoes
  • and walking in a way that puts excessive pressure on the big toe joint

For those reasons, women tend to suffer from bunions more often than men do as a result of the effects of high heels, which are typically tight in the toe area and by their very design put more pressure on the toes.

Treating Bunions

Treating bunions can vary based on the severity of your symptoms.

Mild to moderate cases may be corrected simply by wearing more comfortable and roomy footwear, or adding bunion pads or arch supports to your shoes. Their purpose is to alleviate the pressure on the toe joint by redistributing your weight with respect to your feet.

If you have a bad case of bunions or the more moderate treatments do not provide the desired results, surgery may be an option to consider.

Besides dealing directly with what you’re experiencing right now, our foot doctor will also provide you with valuable tips to prevent recurrences in the future.

Walking or even standing can be painful when you have a bunion. And engaging in athletic activities might be close to impossible until you get relief.

Our office is prepared to help you in every way possible. Call us at 561-447-7571 and schedule an appointment to have your bunion evaluated and treated.

Or complete our online appointment request form today.

Treating Hammertoes In Boca Raton

treating hammertoes delray beachAre you seeking a Boca Raton foot doctor to help you resolve any painful podiatric issues that have gone untreated?

Whether you need sports medicine or treatment for your hammertoes, you can find the gentle podiatric care you need at High Performance Podiatry, where our staff of kind and seasoned professionals is dedicated to getting our patients back on their feet so they can participate in their favorite physical activities.

At High Performance Podiatry, our team of specialists takes pride in offering top tier podiatric care to our fellow members of the Boca Raton community and beyond.

We offer a wide range of treatments to alleviate an even wider range of symptoms and conditions.

These include custom foot orthotics, laser toenail fungus treatment, foot and ankle surgery, sports injury surgery, sports orthotics, and a variety of other treatments for foot/heel pain, ball of foot pain, bunions, fungal toenails, warts, ingrown toenails, leg/ankle pain, Morton’s neuroma, hammertoes, and acute/chronic wounds.

In other words, if you’re suffering from hammertoes and hoping to be paired with a highly skilled podiatrist that can set you on a personalized treatment path towards recovery, you’ve come to the right place!

Hammertoes are caused by a bending deformity of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes (all toes excluding the big toes). This can put pressure on the toes while the patient wears shoes, eventually causing long-term issues.

Muscle and tendon imbalance is generally cited as cause for the development of hammertoes.

Symptoms include…

  • pain or irritation of the affected toe or toes while the patient wears shoes
  • the development of corns and calluses on the toe – between toes – or on the ball of the foot
  • an inflamed, burning sensation
  • visible contracture of the toe
  • and even the formation of open sores

Give us a call at High Performance Podiatry to ensure that your condition is treated by a Boca Raton foot doctor before your symptoms progress.

With our help, you can breathe a little easier knowing the future of your feet is in good hands!

Foot Care in Boca Raton FL

deerfield beach podiatristAt High Performance Podiatry, our Boca Raton, FL podiatrist offers a wide variety of podiatry foot care. Our doctor, Dr. Marc Klein, is experienced in treating common foot problems and sports related injury, as well as more severe and specialized foot issues. We perform techniques such as gait analysis, provide custom orthotics where needed and use advanced Icon technology. We help patients feel pain free again by correcting foot alignment, relieving heel pain and pain in the hip, spine, ankles, shins and knees. Voted best podiatrist in the area in 2015, our offices remain a well loved place for patients to find excellent foot care. We serve not only the Boca Raton area but also Delray Beach,  Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami and Boynton Beach.

Some of the surgical treatment our team of professionals provide is correction for bunion, hammer toe and flat feet. We also perform surgery on ankle fractures and instability, ruptures of the Achilles tendon, fractures and surgery on neuromas. Neuromas can be extremely painful if not treated right away, and can cause deformities of the foot. Hammertoes and bunions can do the same. They cause the big toe to turn inwards, becoming painful and putting stress on the joints. The stress can make walking hard and wearing shoes painful. Our custom made foot orthotics can help ease the pain of bunions and hammertoes. Ask our podiatrist about custom icon orthotics and diabetic foot care as well.

Our comprehensive foot exams involve a look at the entire foot, checking for any foot ailments like heel spurs, fungal toenails, ingrown toenails or warts on the feet. Also, an arch analysis will be taken, which helps understand the motion of the foot. Each foot is different, and the arch analysis can help us understand how you walk and how you fit into shoes and how it affects your body.

Boca Raton Podiatry Services

foot care boca ratonOur foot doctor in Boca Raton offers a variety of valuable podiatry services, both medical and surgical, to provide you with pain relief and to ensure that your feet and ankles are able to function at optimal levels.

Just as you would see a specialist for a problem with your lungs, digestive system, or your eyes, so too do you want to seek us out here at High Performance Podiatry when you have a concern with your feet or ankles.

Some issues are not difficult to address.

There are instances where the simple placement of an orthotic (shoe insert), either over-the-counter or prescription, can serve to make the situation better.

Likewise, ill-fitting or tight shoes can be the origin of difficulties that include hammertoes and bunions. It is always the goal of our foot doctor to find the simplest and least invasive solution to treat your foot condition.

Our office handles ankle sprains, arch pain, plantar fasciitis and heel spurs; strains, sprains, tendonitis, and fractures; ulcers, cysts, and infections; fungal nails, and sports injuries.

Sometimes, surgery is the only effective way to treat a foot problem, and when this is the case, you can count on our foot doctor to perform the necessary procedure with the highest level of skill and experience.

Most surgery can be done on an outpatient basis right here at our office.

Some circumstances that can require surgery are hammertoes (especially when they are rigid), bunion deformities, neuromas, soft tissue masses, flat foot reconstruction, ankle instability, achilles tendon ruptures, and fractures.

The goal is to get you back up at full capacity (or as close as possible) in the shortest time frame and with the least amount of complications.

When you can’t walk (or even stand) without undue pain and difficulties, it can impact your entire life. Don’t let foot and ankle issues stop you from doing the things you want.

Schedule an appointment at our office by calling us today at 561-447-7571 or fill out our online appointment form.

Boca Raton Knee Pain

boca raton knee painIf you are experiencing knee pain, it may indeed be related to problems with your walking gait. If this is the case, and you have an abnormal walking gait, you are said to have faulty biomechanics. This means that your foot, ankle, and leg work in such a way that causes uneven amounts of pressure to be placed on various parts of your body. This can cause Boca Raton knee pain or other types of pain, even hip or back pain.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Marc B. Klein, is able to treat you for faulty biomechanics by providing you with prescription foot orthotics. Foot orthotics can help relieve your foot pain, which can be causing problems in your knees or other parts of your body. At our office, we can often correct Boca Raton knee pain by offering foot care that corrects your foot alignment. When your foot alignment is corrected using orthotics, which are prescription inserts for your shoes, pain may be able to be relieved in your heels, ankles, knees, shins, hips, spine and in many other places.

Our podiatrist will be able to examine your walking gait and determine whether or not your Boca Raton knee pain is being caused by faulty biomechanics. If this is the case, our doctor will be able to prescribe custom foot orthotics which will be made specifically for you. These foot orthotics are nothing like the store bought foot orthotics which are simply useless in these situations. The patient needs custom orthotics made specifically for him or her to correct alignment problems. The custom orthotics are made to work with the individual contours of your feet in a way that will redistribute pressure and relieve many different types of pain. Our custom-made foot orthotics will change the way your foot functions during your everyday activities. Your foot will then be able to reform into a normal foot which no longer causes your body pain. When the foot functions correctly, many other problems of the skeletal chain can be corrected. Knee, hip, and lower back pain can all be eased when custom foot orthotics correct biomechanical problems. For an appointment at our practice, High Performance Podiatry, to meet with our foot doctor for knee pain relief, or treatment for a wide range of foot and ankle problems, contact us today.

Foot Doctor in Boca Raton

foot doctor boca ratonNot many people think about their foot health on a regular basis.

For the most part, people do not readily think about the general well-being of their feet until they noticed something or until something happens to them.

In general, it is wise to pay attention to the way that your feet feel every day as well as to the way that they look. Doing so can help you identify issues that you may otherwise be unaware of, such as things that may affect the overall shape and function of your foot or things that may affect the skin or nails of the foot.

In the event that you notice that something is wrong or you happen to suffer from an injury, then you will definitely need to see a podiatrist.

If you happen to need to help of a foot doctor in Boca Raton, then we here at High Performance Podiatry can help.

There are many different foot problems that can affect people throughout their lives.

Since many of us rely on our feet every day to do even the most simplest of tasks, it is important that all kinds of people take care of their feet and their general well-being. For the most part, it is important that you wear comfortable and appropriate footwear, that you keep your feet clean and dry, that you wash your feet on a regular basis, that you pay attention to the way that your feet feel or to any sensations that you may experience, and that you look at the overall appearance of your feet in order to identify any issues with the skin nails or even the form of the foot itself. Doing all of this on a regular basis can help alert you to when something happens to your general foot health. It is quite obvious if a foot injury were to occur, but it is important that you get the help of a podiatrist as soon as such an injury occurs. Regardless of the severity of your injury, the sooner you get help the more likely you will be able to avoid further complications were other problems. Looking at the overall shape of your foot can also tell you a lot about your foot health. For deformities can occur during childhood or general development, but they can also occur as a result of the kind of footwear that you use as well as the amount of strain that you put on your feet every day. Bunions and hammertoes are fairly common, and both conditions can be treated rather easily if they are caught early on. If not, such deformities may require surgery in order to correct them. Foot fungus and nail fungus is also an issue, which is why it is important that you keep your feet clean and dry. Feet that spend too much time in a damp environment can foster bacterial growth which is the main reason behind foot fungus or nail fungus. These conditions can also be spread via contaminated areas so it is important that you wear protective footwear in public areas such as bathrooms or locker rooms. You may also need the help of a foot doctor in Boca Raton if you happen to have diabetes. Here at High Performance Podiatry we also provide comprehensive diabetic foot care for people who may need increased attention when it comes to managing diabetes symptoms and risks.

It is important to make sure that you take care of yourself, which means keeping all aspects of your body and mind, including your feet. Foot health can make a huge difference in the long run and it is important that you get foot care as soon as you need it or as soon as possible in order to help preserve the overall health and well-being of your feet. If you happen to need a foot doctor in Boca Raton then please call us here at High Performance Podiatry today.