University of Central Arkansas Runner Doesn’t Give Up

Kayla Nehus, a runner at the University of Central Arkansas was not given a huge vote of confidence from others early in her running career.  Due to having flat feet, she was informed that she would not be able to hope for a successful career as a competitive runner.  Refusing to let the negativity discourage her, Nehus let it spur her to try even harder which led her to land all-conference and all-state honors for three years in a row at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock.  She was later recruited to the University of Central Arkansas where the coach did not believe that she would be able to make it very far in her running career until she shot to the top of team rankings as an incoming freshman.

Having flat feet does not mean that it is impossible to participate in sports, but the condition may require extra care.  If you think you have flat feet you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will diagnose any foot conditions you may have as well as provide you with a range of treatment options.

What are Flat Feet?

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.


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