Grandmother pushes through foot pain to complete marathon


UK news source Express and Star recently reported on the London Marathon and its many inspiring participants, including Linda Smith, a 64-year-old grandmother with fallen arches, diabetes and osteoporosis, who power-walked the whole 26.2 miles.

Smith completed the marathon to raise money for the charity Visually Impaired Children Taking Action. She told the media that she participated in the marathon, which was her second, to set an example for older folks.

"I like to be fit and active and inspire others by showing people that if I can do it, they can do it," Smith said, quoted by the Halesowen News.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that fallen arches are sometimes a result of aging, as the condition occurs when the tendons in the feet become damaged from overuse. Symptoms typically include pain and fatigue.

According to the NIH, wearing orthotics and special shoes may help alleviate foot pain stemming from fallen arches.

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