Being a runner means keeping in shape, and that begins with the feet. If you are suffering from flat feet, a situation in which your foot’s arch has collapsed, you are likely in pain and thinking you may never be able to run again. That may have been true in the past, but today, with the help of orthotic arch supports and key exercises to rebuild the arch, you can be back in the race in no time.
Orthotics are designed to compensate for flat feet by giving you the extra support where you need it. Since every person is different, you will need to be assessed by a professional in order to select the right orthotic arch support. The right support will correct imbalances, support your arch and cushion your flat feet where needed. This is best accomplished with custom orthotics along with wearing the right footwear.
In addition to orthotic arch supports to minimize your pain and keep you training for your next marathon, your chiropodist can also instruct you in the proper stretches and exercises that you can do to strengthen your foot muscles, ligaments and tendons. Even if you need to hold off a bit on the active training, these exercises can at least relieve some of the pain.
Dealing with flat feet is a two-step process – reduce the pain factor, and then work to correct the problem by restoring the arch. At Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic in Collingwood, ON, your flat feet will be in good hands. Our registered chiropodist, Tony Abbott, is also an avid runner and understands the challenges that runners can face regarding flat feet and other foot issues.