Back pain and flat feet; a new study says there is a connection says the Baltimore Sun

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Back pain and flat feet; a new study says there is a connection says the Baltimore Sun

One of the things we suggest to both Men and Women who have flat feet is the idea that they should be wearing arches. A new study suggests women are more prone to lower back pain when they have flat feet than men. While I never believe in generalities, especially since some people have inflexible flat arches that are best left alone, the reason women are more prone is that they are more likely to have wider hips which increases the stress on the leg and the knee. Since these changes occur during puberty, we often see other issues such as torn anterior cruciate ligaments which may also be caused partly by the feet but also by asymmetry of one side compared to the other, which will create a secondary imbalance in the core and the pelvis, the area we as humans stabilize and distribute weight as we walk.

Sports chiropractors who work with runners are especially in tune with the concept of foot posture and asymmetry since it makes up a huge portion of their patient population. Most chiropractors are best inclined to look at you, not just the symptom of back pain which is perhaps why they are so well regarded when patient satisfaction is taken into account.

Check this article out here

Low back pain tied to flat feet: study

By Kathleen RavenReuters4:34 p.m. EDT, October 17, 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women who walk with flat feet are 50 percent more likely than those with normal or high arches to have low back pain, a new study suggests.
“The key takeaway from the study is that if women have low back pain, it may not be just the back,” said senior author Marian Hannan of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston.
“It turns out that feet are important for the back.”
Past research has hinted that low back pain, which affects roughly one in five people worldwide, could be related to the shape of the foot’s arch in the standing position.
This study, published in Rheumatology, focused on the arch while a person walked.
Among 1,930 men and women recruited from Framingham, Massachusetts, pronated feet – which tend to roll inward as a person walks – were linked to lower back pain in women only.
“There has been only weak correlation between pronated feet and low back pain so I was happy to see some evidence of this in the study,” said Christopher Kevin Wong.
He is an associate professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia University in New York City and was not involved with the current study.
For their study, Hannan and her colleagues measured each person’s arch in the standing position. Then participants walked across a mat with embedded sensors to measure pressure from the heel to the tip of the foot while walking.

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