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Running Strong with Flat Feet

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, occur when the arches of the feet collapse, causing the entire sole to make contact with the ground. Running with flat feet may seem challenging, but with the right approach, it is entirely possible. To begin, it is important to understand your unique gait and foot biomechanics. Flat-footed runners often overpronate, which means their feet roll excessively inward during each stride. Choosing running shoes with adequate arch support and stability can help correct this issue and reduce the risk of injuries. In addition to wearing proper footwear, it is beneficial to focus on strengthening the muscles in your feet, ankles, and calves through targeted exercises. Pay attention to your running form and aim for shorter, more frequent strides to minimize impact. Gradually increase your mileage and incorporate rest days that can allow your body to adapt. Running with flat feet can be enjoyable and injury-free with the right care and attention. If you have flat feet, and would like more information about how to maximize your running experience, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Janale Beckford, DPM from Tampa Podiatrists . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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