If you have flat feet and are interested in running, then the risk of foot and ankle injuries may make you hesitant to take up the sport. People with flat feet are thought to be at an increased risk of developing certain foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis, an overpronated gait, and increased foot and ankle fatigue, due to the shape and biomechanical differences of their feet. Fortunately, having flat feet does not appear to make running-related foot and ankle injuries more likely to occur. Rest assured that you can still run even if you have flat feet, but like any runner, you should take certain measures to help prevent injury. These include wearing comfortable, well-fitted, and supportive running shoes, stretching your feet regularly, increasing the length and intensity of your runs slowly over time, and giving yourself plenty of time to rest and recover between runs. For more information about keeping your feet fit and healthy, please consult with a podiatrist.
What Are Flat Feet?
Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle
- Flat look to one or both feet
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
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