3. Run on Even Surfaces

Another important thing to keep in mind when you have flat feet are the surfaces you run on. Of course, the best options are man-made tracks or treadmills, but this doesn’t mean you can’t go for a jog in the woods or on concrete.

It only means you must be very careful and reduce your speed on these routes—and limit the number of uneven trails you run on. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry. The last thing you would want is to be out for months due to an injury that could have simply been avoided with caution.

4. Get Custom Orthotics

Even with some of the most supportive running shoes on the market, you more than likely will find little to no interior support. Most insoles are simply meant for comfort, but few have the arch support or shock support needed for a flat-footed runner.

Therefore, it is better to go to your podiatrist and have them make a custom orthotic that suits your special needs. A professional opinion is always best when dealing with something like flat feet.

Although you may think insoles would work just as well, having your podiatrist take time with you to recognize the parts of your foot that are affected most is the best way to ensure you do not get hurt when running.

5. Properly Recover Before Heading Back Out

This is perhaps the most important thing once you have chosen the right shoes for you. You may think pain is a sign of hard work or is completely normal, but this is far from true. When lifting weights, for instance, pain is your body’s way of letting you know you should take time to repair your muscles—and running on sore feet is no different.

When you run on sore feet, you don’t allow them time to grow accustomed to the exercise, risking further injury. Instead, take a break from running. You can use various methods to speed up your recovery including heat therapy, massaging the area or even simply stretching the sore muscles.

Are You Suffering From A Sports Injury In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering with a sports injury you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.