Most babies are born with flat feet, which will dissipate into adulthood. There are some individuals who continue to have flat feet beyond childhood, and this generally happens as a result of genetic reasons. It is noticeable while standing on the floor, and observing that the foot lies flat on the floor. It is a condition that can range from producing severe discomfort or no pain, and many people who have flat feet have learned to live with it. There is a large population of people who enjoy running, and this includes patients who have flat feet. Over-pronation, which is the degree of how much the foot rolls inward, is often related to having flat feet. The arch maintains support and provides shock absorption for the body, and this may be compromised in flat-footed runners. There are simple methods that can help to make running easier. These include maintaining a healthy weight, training effectively, and performing specific stretches that are geared toward people who have flat feet. If this condition applies to you, please consult with a podiatrist who can give you advice on how to run more efficiently.
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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