Low back pain tied to flat feet: study | Reuters

By Kathleen Raven

| NEW YORK

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 Rheumatol