Prime Religious Figure Suffers Flat Feet

Prime Religious Figure Suffers Flat Feet

Pope FrancisCatholic Church leader Pope Francis has worn his signature black leather shoes for over 35 years. His cobbler, 80-year-old Carlos Samaria, revealed that Pope Francis actually has flat feet.

“He came to me and asked me if I could correct a slight walking defect. He has quite flat feet, so he needs comfortable shoes,” said Samaria to Italian magazine Gente.

The Pope’s new shoes “are the simplest model, with laces. By now I could make them with my eyes closed, he always wants the same style,” according to Samaria. “I suggested adding a little decoration, just for a change, but he wouldn’t hear of it.” Samaria, 80, has been Francis’s shoemaker for over 40 years and describes Francis as a smart, thoughtful man with the humility of a bird.

Having flat-feet can lead to complications down the road. If you think you have flat feet you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as like Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Houston Foot and Ankle. Dr. Stran 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.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; Bay City, TX;  and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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