Tips For Running With Flat Feet

Running is a favorite pastime here in Middle Tennessee – sometimes it seems we’re hosting a 5k or marathon every weekend! With numerous running clubs and a generally active population, that probably won’t change any time soon. While there’s no denying that running is a fantastic form of exercise, it can also take a toll on your feet and body – especially if you have flat feet.

`Runners with flat feet are prone to pain and discomfort if preventative measures are not taken when running. 

To help runners with flat feet stay active, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you avoid injury. Many of these tips apply to everyone, not just those with flat feet. 

Tips for runners with flat feet:

  1. Seek pronation type running shoes – unless wearing orthotics (in which case neutral is the preferable type).
  2. Always wear appropriate sized shoes – keep in mind different brands can run small or large! If you’re unsure of your foot size it’s always worth a trip to your local running store to be measured.
  3. Achilles’ tendon stretching exercises are an integral part of injury prevention, especially AFTER running. Always finish a run with a stretching session.
  4. Beware of banked roads. Running for prolonged periods on an angled surface can cause a number of issues in the the feet, knees, and hips.
  5. Replace shoes every 300 miles.

To learn more about flat feet, or any foot or ankle ailment, schedule your personal assessment at one of Advanced Foot & Ankle’s conveniently located Middle Tennessee and Nashville locations today!