C.J. Kopecki had been looking forward to playing soccer throughout his teenage years. But when he turned 10, he discovered that his flat feet made him significantly slower than the rest of his teammates. So instead Kopecki took a shot at swimming. Now he’s 14 years old and a confidant competitor with the South Florida Aquatic Club (SOFLO).
“I decided to try it out,” Kopecki said. “I went to a practice and … got taught all of the strokes and learned to swim. I have loved it ever since then.” His most recent achievement was earning third place in the 13-14 Division high-point standings in the Florida Gold Coast 14-Under Junior Olympics.
Although flat feet are annoying, they are not usually debilitating. If you are dealing with flat feet, consider contacting a podiatrist like Dr. Neal Mozen of Foot Healthcare Associates. Dr. Mozen will examine your lower extremities and offer professional advice about whatever aspect of your condition you are having trouble with.
What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet are 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. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch 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. There are many ways to help treat this pain and help flat feet.
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