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Athletes and Flat Feet

Athletes often face various challenges in their pursuit of excellence, and flat feet can present an additional hurdle to overcome. Flat feet, or fallen arches, occur when the arch of the foot collapses, causing the entire sole to make contact with the ground. This condition can lead to discomfort, instability, and an increased risk of injury during physical activity. However, many athletes with flat feet have found effective ways to cope and excel in their sports. One important strategy involves wearing supportive footwear with proper arch support and cushioning to help distribute weight evenly and reduce strain on the feet. Additionally, incorporating exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the feet and ankles can improve stability and alignment, enhancing overall performance and reducing the risk of injury. Seeking guidance from a podiatrist can also provide valuable insights and personalized recommendations for managing flat feet while pursuing athletic goals. If you have flat feet and participate in sporting activities, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you additional relief strategies.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctors 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 office located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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