Stretches for Flat Feet May Enhance Running
People who have flat feet generally have weakened foot muscles. This does not necessarily mean that flat-footed people should refrain from running. Foot strength can be improved so running can become enjoyable and this may include wearing shoes that have little support. The purpose of wearing minimalist shoes may enable feet to work hard and stay strong, thus enhancing foot strength. Additionally, this may help to improve ankle stability, gait, and ease of running. It is beneficial to perform specific stretches that can help patients who have flat feet. These include exercises that can help the entire body to have improved mobility and flexibility, as well as a strong core. If you have flat feet and enjoy running, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can help you with the correct stretches to perform for maximum running enjoyment.
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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