Flat Feet Linked to Back Pain

Monday, November 25th, 2013, 9:48 pm

A new study has found that flat feet and back pain may be interlinked. Certain types of foot characteristics, such as the fall of the arch, may be the root cause of some lower back pain, according to the findings.

According to researchers, women who have flat feet – a condition that makes the feet’s arches “collapse” and roll inward when they are walking – are 50 percent more likely to have lower back pain than those with normal or high arches.

The study, which was conducted at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, looked at 1,930 people with flat feet, a condition also known as pronated feet. The results showed that being flat-footed had a strong correlation to the presence of back pain, but only in women.

The researchers proposed that this link may exist because a flat-footed person’s body uses other muscles to help make up for the pronated arch when a person walks. As for why the lower back pain was prominently present among flat-footed women, the team suggested that this may be because women rotate their hips more than men while walking, and they also tend to move their upper bodies more than men when they walk.

Other studies have shown that low arches are heredity and that approximately 25 percent of the U.S. population have flat feet. Flat feet may begin during childhood or develop with age, and the most common cause of flat foot deformity is posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, a condition of the foot and ankle in which the main tendon that supports the arch gradually weakens.

Having flat feet has also been linked to knee and ankle pain in both men and women, according to previous studies. If you suspect that you currently have or may be developing a flat foot deformity, an evaluation by a board-certified foot surgeon will help identify the cause of your pain and discomfort, as well as determine the best course of treatment.

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