Running With Flat Feet Pain

Are you suffering from feet and ankle pain?

Do you struggle to run with your flat feet?

In this blog post, I’m going to share with you some tips and strategies that will help you manage your discomfort while running with flat feet issues!

Flat feet don't necessarily stop you from running. But they can cause you some trouble if you're not careful.

A lot of people who run, and run very successfully, have flat feet. Yet we do know that people with flat feet have a greater chance of getting injured than people with normal-arched feet.

Your arches are supposed to act like a natural shock absorber. They are supposed to flex and roll slightly at impact, to spread your weight over a larger area and a longer period of time. This reduces strain and stress on muscles, bones, and joints.

For starters, you may not be getting enough shock absorption, especially if the flat foot is fairly rigid. This means the impact forces can’t dissipate properly, and more stress gets transferred to bones and muscles over the feet and legs.

flat feet stances chart

Second, runners with flat feet are much more likely than other runners to over pronate

In other words, instead of rolling inward just a little when transferring weight—which is normal and healthy—the foot rolls inward a lot.

Since pain is a result of over-pronation, and not directly from flat feet, some flat-footed runners do not experience any problems even though they have flat feet, simply because they do not over-pronate.

Hence, in this video above, I will show you some tips and strategies to reduce and control the amount of pronation, hence will hopefully reduce your discomfort while you are running.

 

man running bare feet

Keeping in mind, these tips/advice are of general nature and do not take your injuries/history into considerations. If you are experiencing any pain or would like an individualised tailored program to help improve your running, I highly recommend you speak to any one of your physiotherapists to guide you through your running journey.

Here at Capital Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are the experts in helping you to fix your issues as well as all the discomfort that comes with it!

We can help you lead a healthier and pain-free lifestyle.

Our physiotherapist will be able to give a full assessment on you and come out with individualised advice/ treatment plan that is tailored for your particular needs.

At Capital Physiotherapy, your initial appointment is 40-60minutes long. This allows our physios to be thorough in their assessment, as well as giving them enough time to give you treatment on the same consultation!

For any physiotherapy related concerns drop us an email info@capitalphysiotherapy.com.au or make an appointment through our booking system!  

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