Posted on: 29 December 2016
If you like to run but you have flat feet, you might have worry about having to deal with pain whenever you stop running or having to deal with pain when you get older. You want to stay in shape doing your favorite exercise, but you also don't want to do permanent damage to your feet or ankles. Here are some tips for making sure that you run safely while you have flat feet.
1. Get Support
The first step is to make sure that you have the proper arch support in your shoes. You need to make sure that you have arch support that props your collapsed arches back up and allows you to actually have your foot hit the ground normally. Supporting the fallen arch of your foot will also help support your ankle and ensure that running with it does not cause damage. You can talk to a podiatrist in order to figure out what sort of arch support you need and then purchase one based on his or her specification.
2. Run On Flat Terrain
You want to be sure that you are mostly running on flat terrain. The reason for this is that your fallen arches cause your feet to slope towards each other, twisting your legs inwards and putting a lot of strain on the tops of your feet, your ankles, and your knees. All of these parts of the body are easy to overstress and cause a lot of pain if they have too much pressure on them too often. Running on flat terrain that doesn't have a lot of potholes and doesn't have a lot of hills will help reduce the level of pronation that you suffer through.
3. Build Your Arches
Finally, try to strengthen your arches by take a piece of cloth and putting it at your feet while you are sitting with your feet flat on the floor. Scrunch the towel with all ten of your toes and pull it towards you. Then, push the towel away from you with all ten toes. Does this between ten and fifteen times for one set. Do three sets a day. This can help strengthen and rebuild your arches depending on the severity of your flat feet.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in flat feet and helping people run safely and without pain. Your podiatrist is a good place to start.Share