Being flat-footed can make it harder to walk and balance – but can it make you more injury-prone?
People with flat feet often face problems such as feeling pain when walking, finding it hard to balance, having misaligned hips and having bowed legs. In more severe cases, swelling and serious pain can occur in those places.
All these issues happen due to the lack of the foot arch that helps to distribute your body weight on your feet. Without it, your feet may roll inwards or outwards in order to make up for the flatness.
Whatever the case, having flat feet usually makes shoe shopping and exercising a little more of a hassle.
Does being flat-footed increase the risk of running injuries?
This is because some people with flat feet have more mobile feet, which makes them more stable and flexible. Runners often feel pain in their feet arches due to overstrain, but some people with flat feet can avoid this.
For instance, Moroccan athlete Said Aouita, a distance runner, had a professional career for 20 years and won three Olympic gold medals during pro. Pro basketballers Ron Artest, Tony Parker and even Kobe Bryant have flat feet too!
(Also read: Marie Choo’s 10 Tips on Running Your First Marathon)
What you should take note of
Avoid running if you feel persistent pain, as doing so could bring about a multitude of problems such as bunions, shin splits and arthritis.
It is important to wear proper running shoes with good cushioning and support, no matter what type of arch you have.
(Also read: How to Choose the Right Pair of Running Shoes)