Our skeletal structure works just like the structure of a house. I have assisted in house construction and one of the most important tasks to do, is making sure the foundation is square and level. Otherwise, it will be an uphill battle constructing the rest of the house. The walls won’t be straight, windows won’t be level, and doors won’t close. The same thing is as important with your foundation of your own body and a lot of it starts with the way you flex your feet when you walk.
I have seen many people with chronic neck pain, scoliosis, and low back pain issues due to how leg and feet muscles are flexed while walking. Injuries in your feet that took place 20 years ago can create compounded symptoms in your neck. If someone has broken a toe in their left foot, often one will get a chronic pain on the right side of their neck. This happens because the person over time does not put their weight on the left leg, instead they will lean and stand over their right leg. When you do this, your hips shift and then your neck shifts the other way to create balance. This lifts the right shoulder and your head will lean over to the right. This may cause an impingement that can create chronic neck pain because of your constant head tilt.