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Overdone the walking or running? Or have you just been spending too much time on your feet lately? Tired, aching legs or feet can affect anyone. However, it’s more likely to occur in people with flat or high-arched feet.
Suffering from tired feet not only affects how you move and your quality of life but can also alter your mood and even lead to more serious foot issues further down the line.
Some people are genetically predisposed to tired feet. Those with flat feet and high arches are more likely to suffer with tired feet.2 Flat feet are often inherited from parents, where the arch doesn’t form properly in young age. 3 Sore heels often develop from the overuse or over stretching of the plantar fascia ligament that runs from the heel to the toes.4
Lifestyle factors and other medical conditions can also impact tired feet. Contributing factors include:1
You can ease the discomfort of flat feet and high arches by:1
Performing regular, gentle stretches and plantar fascia stretches can also offer some temporary relief.1 Circle the ankles, grabbing feet with both hands and bending the heel out. Standing on a step, dip and lift heels over the edge.1