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How can foot issues cause knee and back pain?

Problems in the feet can cause knee or back pain because the body parts are connected.

Dr. Daniel R. Spogen, MD
Family Practitioner

Foot issues can cause knee and back pain because the body moves likes a kinetic chain. It starts at the foot and big toe. Extremely flat feet (pes planus) and extremely high arches (pes cavus) can alter the kinetic chain enough to predispose a person to knee pain. Both foot types in extreme could predispose a person to osteoarthritis. A limp of any kind can cause low back pain.

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