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Running and Flat Feet

The foot condition that is referred to as flat feet indicates the foot has no arch, or it may be very low. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, which may extend into adulthood as a result of genetics or enduring a foot injury. There are some patients who experience pain with flat feet, and their posture may be affected. People who have flat feet and enjoy running may have to learn specific stretches that can help to strengthen the overall foot before embarking on a run. It is beneficial to stretch the foot before and after every run. This can be done by placing the foot on top of a golf ball and rolling back and forth several times. The Achilles tendon can be stretched by performing appropriate calf stretches. It is beneficial to wear running shoes that are designed for people who have flat feet. These types of shoes may provide adequate arch support in addition to stability, support, and comfort. If you have flat feet and love to run, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with information that can protect your feet while running. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Paul Drucker from NYC Foot Care, PC. 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 70th Street Manhattan, 60th Street Manhattan, Jamaica, Queens, Plainview, NY and Fair Lawn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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