If you’ve never bought a pair of shoes or orthotic devices for your flat feet before, it can be a little overwhelming.The real problem behind this is that flat feet need a bit more support than their arched counterparts. How flat is my flat feet? What arch size do I need? And a lot more questions.
The arch of the foot actually helps posture and puts the weight of your movement on the balls and heels of your foot. This weight distribution puts the stress on the parts of your foot that are meant to support it.
With flat feet, although the weight that comes with your every step is still distributed throughout the whole foot, the stress on your hip joint is different and can lead to different symptoms after repeated “unusual” wear and tear.
So what’s the #1 characteristic of the best shoes for flat feet?
The best shoes for flat feet will have good arch support, as well as orthotic device inserts
Aching feet and over pronation are a few of the common problems that fellow flat footers face (say that 10 times fast!).
As mentioned previously, the weight distribution across the entire foot is what would cause the aching foot and can often be relieved by wearing shoes that have the proper arch support and are fitted properly. If you can imagine for a second that flat feet have the entire foot touching the ground, whereas the arched counterparts actually only have a section of their foot on the ground.
It is for this reason arched shoes are a bit narrower, and if you’ve been walking in them, your feet may feel cramped or ache after long periods of use. You may need to wear shoes that are wider than normal to alleviate some of these aches.
Over pronation is a common problem while walking or running, where the foot tends to roll inwards upon every step and can put a lot of unnecessary stress on your knees and back. If you’ve faced problems with your knees or hips hurting after running, it may be because you over pronate your gait (the way you walk/run). In cases like this, choosing the best shoes for overpronation correction can drastically help. You may also benefit from using an orthotic that is specially fitted and made to your feet by a podiatrist.