New research suggests those with a flat foot or lack of an
inner arch may be at an increased risk of developing knee pain later in life.
The study involved approximately 1,900 adults aged 50 and older. According to
findings, those with the flattest of feet increased their risk of developing
knee pain by a significant 31 percent. Moreover, those same individuals were 43
percent more likely to have cartilage damage to the inner knee. While more
studies are needed to determine whether flat feet causes the knee pain, whether
knee pain causes the flat feet, or, perhaps a pelvic or spinal abnormality is
also involved, those with knee pain should consider having their feet, ankles, knees,
hips and spine checked out by their local licensed chiropractic doctor. Most chiropractors
receive extensive training on the evaluation and treatment of all joints in the
body, in addition to the spine.