If your feet have collapsed arches, then you are flat footed. While having flat foot problem does not cause pain, not compensating for those lowered arches could result in ankle pain. So, to avoid pain, you need the right orthopedic shoes. Finding the perfect shoes for flat feet is not easy, but there are things to look for when buying.
Types Of Shoes For Flat Feet
There are two main types of orthopedic shoes, which include:
- Stability Control – These shoes have a lining of foam that cushions the arch and supports flat feet. The softer regions of the shoes fit comfortably around the low arches.
- Motion Control – If you are a runner with low or flat arches, you can get support on both sides of the arches. These shoes are great for running as well as long walks.
Determining Your Level Of Pronation
Before buying shoes for flat foot problems, you must first determine your level of pronation. Pronation determines how much your feet roll (inward or outward) as they hit the ground. Shoes are designed to support specific pronation, and you can determine your pronation just by looking at the bottom of the shoes you are already wearing:
- Inside Area Of The Heel – If the inside area of your heel is worn more than the outside, you are an over-pronator – meaning your feet roll inward too much. You will need a stability or motion control-type of shoe.
- Outside Area Of The Heel – If this area is more worn than the inside, you are an under-pronator, which means your feet roll outward as you walk. Therefore, you need a neutral-cushioned shoe with maximum flexibility.
- Uniform Wear – If the wear on the heel is the same, you have a normal pronation; therefore, you need a stability shoe with modern flexibility.
Are you looking for orthopedic shoes, but not sure which ones are right for your feet? Speak with one of the experts in our foot clinics in Scarborough or Bradford.
To find the best type of orthopedic shoes, you will want to have a professional consultation. You may need custom arch support in addition to support for your pronation. Also, it is important that even after you buy the right shoes, you have them regularly examined. Any signs of wear and tear may mean it is time to replace your shoe. Comfort Stride can help you find the right shoe.