We all have two feet and their sole purpose is to walk, run, and jump. We all have the capability to do those things, but some of use do it with greater ease than others. We consider those people to be natural athletes. What it really means, however, is that they were born with more efficient mechanics than others.
Your feet were made to run. That's not to say that they will be pain free when you do. When you first start an exercise program, it is common for your feet to ache, just as other muscles do when they start to be conditioned. There is a difference between soreness and pain. If the discomfort lasts beyond a week, you should get checked out by a Houston podiatrist to prevent further injury.
If you have instability in your gait while walking or running, you would benefit from the biomechanical stability provided by a custom orthotic device. An orthotic will provide the efficiency that your feet and ankles need which, in turn, will stop then from hurting.
If you are experiencing pain when you are running or while playing other sports, don't be discouraged. Contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to schedule an appointment to get you on the right path.