Just last month, runners put every cell in their body to the test in what is deemed as the world’s toughest foot race, The Badwater 135 Ultramarathon. This race brings participants through demanding and extreme conditions over 135 miles non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA. For even the best athletes, this legendary race separates the tough from the toughest.
What can also separate a runner from the pack is a foot problem. Injuries are common when feet are constantly pounding the pavement. A foot structure such as flat feet can compound the problem. Having this foot type means that your arches have collapsed and the entire sole of your foot touches the floor when you stand. A flat foot may not be able to withstand the stresses of running as a normal foot structure could and this can lead to foot, knee, hip and back pain.
What can I do if I have flat feet?
Your best line of defense against injury is in the footwear you use. If your feet are flat you may tend to overpronate, which is when the foot and ankle roll inward. When this happens each time the foot lands, injury can lurk around the corner if your feet are not properly supported. Look for shoes with good stability and motion control. Get fitted with shoes that fit your feet well and are comfortable while running. Custom orthotic inserts may also be very beneficial to even further cradle your feet and give them the support they need.
There is never a reason for a foot problem to interfere with your love for running. If you have any pain or problems with flat feet, please contact Dr. Harvey Danciger for diagnosis and treatment. Call our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment today.