Men’s Fitness says this comes down to poor posture from sitting in one place for too long. This leads to a chain reaction of sorts that causes rounded shoulders, which then shifts weight forward on your feet when you’re standing, it adds. “Take that misplaced center of gravity and put it into running shoes, which naturally tip you forward with a heel higher than the toe, and your feet and ankles start to bear the brunt of any impact,” it explains.
The solution if you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain from running (or other standing exercises) is to find a running shoe that has a lower-profile heel, says the source. Basically, any shoe that spreads out the impact across your entire foot (including walking shoes or tennis shoes) can help avoid problems, explains Men’s Fitness.