Are flat feet common in gymnastics? MY daughter has been told by one of her coaches that she lands flat on her feet rather than on her toes when doing tumbling and that she could end up with flat feet. What are some exercises or stretches that could she do to help prevent this. SHe is trying to concentrate on walking heel to toe and landing on her toes but she forgets sometimes. I know flat feet can be painful but in gym you can't wear can't special shoes or anything to help prevent it.