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10 Walking Mistakes to Avoid - Walking Flat-Footed


Updated June 10, 2014

Legs rolling through a step

Good heel strike with forward foot, push off with trailing foot.

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Instead of rolling through the step with your forward foot from heel to toe, your foot is flattening out prematurely and you land flat-footed. Either you are fighting stiff, heavy shoes or your shins are too weak to let you roll through the step.


  • Your feet hit the ground with a slap.
  • You land flat-footed with each step and get no roll.
  • You may develop shin pain.

The Cure for Flapping, Slapping Feet

Get flexible shoes that bend at the ball of the foot. A pair of running shoes with a low heel is best.
Before You Buy Walking Shoes

To strengthen your shins, ankle, and lower leg:

Toe raises: Stand on a stair facing upstairs with your heels hanging over the edge. Dip the heels down, then raise them high. Repeat 10-20 times.
Step Stretch Toe Raises

Foot fun: While sitting around, several times a day, tap your toes quickly for several seconds. Then write the alphabet in the air with your foot. Repeat with the other foot.

Heel walking: As part of your warm-up, walk on your heels for 30 seconds.

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