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Archive for February 6th, 2011

Flat Feet

Flat Feet

Arthritis Care and Research recently published findings that elderly patients with flat feet have more knee pain on most days as compared to patients with higher arches.

The article indicates that flat feet may make knee osteoarthritis pain worse.

Douglas Gross was the lead researcher on the publication.  He said, “When your feet flatten, it can change your posture or the way you move.  One consequence may be that when a person puts weight on a flat foot the lower leg rotates inward – which over time could damage the cartilage at the inner knee.”

Custom foot orthotics may be an option, but more research has to be done.