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.
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Low back pain tied to flat feet: study
“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.