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Flat FeetSenior author Marian Hannan of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston performed a study that found that women incurred back pain as a result of flat feet. Hannan measured each subject’s foot in the standing position and had the individual walk across a mat with embedded sensors to measure heel pressure to the foot’s tip while walking.

The research found that only women with pronated feet were linked to having lower back pain as a result of flat feet. Hannan says that because women’s pelvic bones are wider and sway their hips as they walk are likely causes of being more affected by flat feet.

If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of flat feet, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

Flat Feet

Flat feet are the name of a condition in which the arch of the foot is lowered or fails to develop all together. Flat feet are common among babies and small children, but arches are generally formed as the child grows. However, flat feet can become problematic if the arch never develops.  Adults may develop flat feet after an injury or from the increased weight of a pregnancy.


The wet footprint test can help diagnose flat feet. The individual places their feet on a wet surface, and then walks across a dry surface to create an impression of their footprint. If there are no indentations or arches in the footprint, the individual may have flat feet. In all cases, it is best to consult with a podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis.

Types of Flat Feet

Rigid – this is when someone’s arch of the foot is not present when sitting or standing.

Treatment may be necessary if pain is present, and orthotics may be prescribed.

Flexible – the arch shows when someone is sitting, but then goes away when they are standing.

Treatment may not be necessary.


In some instances surgery may be recommended if exercise and orthotics do not work.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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