Background: Low back pain is third most common disorder and its prevalence among the nurses is slightly higher varying between 56% and 90%.The literature reflects how excessive pronation of the foot is linked to low back pain. Previous studies also states that individuals with low back pain have diminished postural balance. Therefore there was need to quantify the effects of customized foot insoles for low back pain and pronated feet.
Aims and Objectives: The present study evaluates the effect of customised foot insoles on pain and balance among nursing staff with mechanical low back pain.
Methodology: 30 nursing staff of age 30-55 years with mechanical low back pain and pronated feet participated in the study which was a pre-test post-test experimental study design. LBP was evaluated by a visual analog scale for pain and Oswestry Disability Questionnaire. Both static and dynamic balance was evaluated using unipedal stance and Star excursion balance test respectively. Pre-test data of pain and balance was recorded without intervention. Then the customized foot insoles were given to the subjects for the duration of 4 weeks and post-test data of pain and balance was collected.
Results: A paired t-test was used to compare the difference in VAS, Oswestry LBP questionnaire and static & dynamic balance for pre-test and post-test. There was a significant difference in pain with (p
Mechanical low back pain, pronated feet, static balance, dynamic balance and customized foot insoles.