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Walking Without Arch Support Could Lead to Back Pain

Flat feet diagram

The results of a new study conducted by Marian Hannan and colleagues at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston suggest that walking or standing with flat feet may cause lower back pain in women.

Data drawn from test subjects who were asked to walk across mats equipped with sensors indicates that females who over-pronate put more pressure on back muscles and are usually prone to more discomfort in that area. Hannan believes that women may be more affected instead of men because they rotate their lower backs more when they walk.

Having flat feet can be a painful experience to endure, and can cause further complication down the road. If you have questions about arch support, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Jack Gorman of Bux-mont Foot and Ankle Care Centers. He can advise you on the best way to care for flat feet.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.


Pain around the heel or arch area
Trouble standing on the tip toe.
Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
Flat look to one or both feet.
Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


Barefoot- studies show that those who grew up going barefoot, wearing less closed-toe shoes have more of an arch. This so happens because the strength and fullness of the arch increased.

Exercise- the will strengthen and stretch the area, helping with the Achilles tendon.

Shoe Inserts – orthopedists will often recommend patients with ankle supports. This reduces pain especially those who suffer from flat feet.

Surgery – tendon surgery is an option that can help with any posterior tears. As with any surgery, it is important to speak with your doctor for professional advice.

To learn more about flat feet, follow the link below.

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