Hoy Chicago Newspaper Feature Article: “Does Your Back Hurt? Look At Your Feet”(English Version)

Hoy Chicago
Wednesday, June 25th 2008
“Does Your Back Hurt? Look At Your Feet”
By Elio Leturia 

Dr. James Stoxen DC, David Diaz’s chiropractor, reconstructs the patients feet who have different aches.

“Your right leg hurts and your right knee cracks”, I was told by Dr. James Stoxen DC, chiropractor, born in Chicago.

“Is this doctor a wizard?” I ask myself in silence. I am with him to interview him, not to consult with him medically”. Where did he get that from?” I ask him, surprised and interested.

“The way you walk”, he answers. Wizard or not, Stoxen is right.

Known worldwide for his revolutionary technique, Stoxen has dedicated many of his years to study the biomechanics of our body; the way we walk and move and how this determines the stage of our body. We live in an era of knee pains, hip, and spine.

The traditional doctors, according to Stoxen, only observe the area in pain and treat only that area, not the origin of the problem. “If you see that a bridge is not stable, you don’t just put a patch on it, you fix the structure”, he says in a comparative example.

Stoxen explains the root of the problem that a lot of his patients present. “ A lot of people come to consult with me about their terrible low back pain or sciatica. A lot of them were referred to surgery as the only solution”, says Stoxen.

With a teenager’s excitement and energy, Stoxen throws himself on the floor to explain to me how our feet work. Using his hands as example he adds “We take about 10,000 steps a day, 5,000 with each foot. Our feet have to be exercised to function like springs, but we wrap them in leather (shoes) that are not appropriately designed”.

“Think of the ancient man”, he continues “ he would walk barefoot, over uneven fields, he would get up to look for food; then would rest” With this, Stoxen draws on a picture on which humans were not on their feet so many hours a day, walking in different directions, over rough surfaces, and not wrapped in shoes that are made for fashion and don’t go with the natural necessities of our feet”.

“I reconstruct the structure of the patients feet and retrain the patients to walk the right way. Generally the arches of the feet have collapsed and that’s the cause of their aches. The bad steps cause un-alignment to the knees, which affect the hips and back”, he adds energetically.

This problem is not only present in older people. “The actual fashion of teenagers to walk with untied gym shoes does not offer the correct support; which will cause for aches to show up afterwards.

But Stoxen does not only blame the feet for aches in our generation. “We live in an era in which food is altered genetically, in obesity, unhealthy eating. We cause inflammation to our bodies and that inflammation is the cause of a lot of our illnesses”. And if to that we add the stress caused by bad posture and the wrong use of our feet, the inflammation raises and our lives are shortened, says Stoxen.

Among his patients, Stoxen doesn’t only mention the boxing world champion David Diaz (who will face Manny Pacquiao for the lightweight title on June 28th) but other celebrities. He shows me dozens of working backstage passes he collects of artists he treats, among them the tours of Alicia Keys, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Luis Miguel, and the participants of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, among others.


1. Kids should walk without shoes everyday for an hour.

2. Control your weight. Every pound is five pounds (when running) and two pounds (when walking) extra work on your feet.

3. Wear shoes with good heel support.

4. Shoes should not be worn loose nor tight.

5. Avoid ‘flip-flops’, they make your feet move in an unnatural way.

6. Athletic shoes should not be worn for more than four hours and only for athletic activities.

7. Do not walk only forward.

8. Remove your shoes after four hours of use, exercise your feet before putting them back on.

9. Don’t be on your feet for more than 45 minutes at a time.

10. Flat shoes might be worse than shoes with heel, they move the heel further in than they should be.



Dr James Stoxen DC., FSSEMM (hon) He is the president of Team Doctors®, Treatment and Training Center Chicago. Dr Stoxen is a #1 International Bestselling Author of the book, The Human Spring Approach to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He has lectured at more than 20 medical conferences on his Human Spring Approach to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and asked to publish his research on this approach to treating thoracic outlet syndrome in over 30 peer review medical journals. He has been asked to submit his other research on the human spring approach to treatment, training and prevention in over 225 peer review medical journals. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthopedic Science and Research, Executive Editor or the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care, Chief Editor, Advances in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Journal and editorial board for over 40 peer review medical journals. He is a much sought-after speaker both to the general public and at CME credentialed medical conferences. He has given over 1000 live presentations and lectured at over 70 medical conferences to over 50,000 doctors in more than 20 countries. He has been invited to speak at over 400 medical conferences in over 50 international cities in 30 countries. He has been invited as the keynote speaker at over 60 medical conferences. After his groundbreaking lecture on the Integrated Spring-Mass Model at the World Congress of Sports and Exercise Medicine he was presented with an Honorary Fellowship Award by a member of the royal family, the Sultan of Pahang, for his distinguished research and contributions to the advancement of Sports and Exercise Medicine on an International level. He was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame in 2012. Dr Stoxen has a big reputation in the entertainment industry working as a doctor for over 150 tours of elite entertainers, caring for over 1000 top celebrity entertainers and their handlers. Anthony Field or the popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, wrote a book, How I Got My Wiggle Back detailing his struggles with chronic pain and clinical depression he struggled with for years. Dr Stoxen is proud to be able to assist him. Physicians Medical Technologies does business as Team Doctors®, a medical device company that provides high end vibration massage tools. In 2012, the Massage Assist Pro was cleared by the FDA. Today the Massage Assist® is sold in 13 countries. In late 2019, Team Doctors launched the Vibeassage® which was cleared by the FDA in 2019 and has sold thousands of units around the world. Dr Stoxen can be reached directly at teamdoctors@aol.com

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