Pronation shown to lead to bunions, back pain
Improper landing mechanics, including pronation, have a tendency to cause various types of pain from the foot to the lower back.
Pronation occurs when an individual's feet point outward when they walk, placing undue pressure on areas of the foot and leading to a landing mechanic imbalance. A recent article on ChiroEco.com reports that pronation may lead to back pain.
The article states that 80 percent of the population experiences some kind of foot problem, and the same percentage also has back pain, suggesting a correlation between the two.
As a result, a chiropractor's visit will sometimes include an assessment of the foot to determine if pronation or other foot problems exist.
The Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma reports that pronation may also lead to bunions, since it often puts added pressure on the medial foot.
The connection between foot pain and back pain suggests that preventing or correcting bunions may be an effective way to alleviate many types of discomfort.