Finding running shoes for people who have flat feet may be challenging. There can be differences of opinion as to what type of running shoe to purchase. Many stores that sell these types of shoes may suggest a shoe that has extra arch support. Conversely, sports injury experts may advise a different type of shoe. The majority of people will come to the conclusion that the choice depends on their range of motion and what type of foot they have. People who are born with flat feet may opt to choose a shoe that has minimal arch support, and this may benefit the entire leg. A collapsed arch is defined as a muscle weakness, and additional arch support may be a good choice. If you are a runner with flat feet and are seeking knowledge about what type of shoes to buy, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can give you the advice you are seeking.
Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. 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 offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.