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How to choose the best running shoes for flat feet

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Finding suitable running footwear for people with plantar fasciitis

Having a flat foot or plantar fasciitis means that one doesn’t have a distinct curve on the inside of the foot and the foot is likely to over-pronate hence causing injuries. The arch of a foot is formed by the metatarsal and tarsal bones and strengthened by ligaments and tendons and it is meant to act as a shock absorber when you put your weight on the feet. The shock is absorbed and alleviates the impact that will hit the ankles, knees and hips hence causing pain. The arch in a flat foot completely on the ground, i.e. it overpronates and this causes the ankle to twist inward and knees to overcompensate. The sole of their feet is much more on the inner edge and this increases the likelihood of getting injuries and long term foot problems.

For runners who have flat feet, they have problems with the running gait because the arch has to support them 3 times more than an average runner. That is why people with this kind of feet should be cautious when getting running shoes.

Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis. Image credit: Feet Remedies

Running shoes for people with flat feet are designed to specifically offer good support, stability and motion control and there are two types of shoes created for this:

Stability running shoes

They are best for this kind of feet because they have a hard coupon of foam right below the medial side of the arch and at times all the way to the heel. It also helps correct overpronation by restricting the excessive motion of the foot.

Motion controlling running shoes

They have the same technology as the stability shoes, but they have been added an upper construction so as to lock the runner’s feet while providing support. They have a bump that is made from hard material and it is placed where the arch is supposed to be which in turn counters overpronation.

When choosing the best running shoes for flat feet you should consider the following:

  • A shoe that offers good and high stability that will make you comfortable as you run. There are different high stability running shoes from different brands so make sure to get one that suits you best.
  • The shoes should be made from a hard material offer more stability and motion to shoes and support the arch and keep in proper position as well as good shock absorbing properties.
  • They should have a good grip that will not tend to slip all over the place as you run by having a good tread that will depend on the type of climate and terrain one is running.
  • Flat feet mean that they don’t have space to breathe hence the shoes should have a mesh that allows airflow and there is no retaining of moisture from sweat which may lead to bacterial problems.
  • The shoes should be flexible enough to allow the natural motion of the feet while at the same time providing stability. They should however not bend or twist in the middle rather at the toe because this will cause pain in the midfoot area and foot which in turn lead to discomfort as your run.
  • Flat feet people require more support at the center, adequate shock absorption and protection from impact as they run, hence get a shoe that has a lot of cushioning and the fallen arch of the for it well supported. There should be additional cushioning in the heel and forefront to act as shock absorbers hence preventing painful shin splints.
  • They should be durable by having a good construction and material. The outer sole and upper design should have a high abrasion rubber compound and the supportive overlays should be put together so that the shoe doesn’t wear out prematurely

The best running shoes for flat feet are the one that corrects the condition, are comfortable with an added arch and prevent further injuries when running. A great example brand in New Balance running shoes who have built a reputation as one of the world’s leading sports shoe manufacturers.

New Balance 860 V7 are a great running shoe for flat feet. Image credit: New Balance

If you have difficulty getting running shoes for flat feet, you can choose to add orthotic inserts or insoles as they help distribute weight and pressure by offering a natural arch while providing support and comfort at the same time.

Before buying a running shoe you may visit a podiatrist who will check on the severity of the condition and get to recommend the best-running shoe for your feet. You may also read flat shoe reviews that have been written by actual users and get to know which is the best but make a comparison between them before buying. People with flat feet may also help and guide you in buying the best type of running shoe.