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BUYING SHOES FOR FLAT FEET
Whether you’ve always had flat feet or your foot arches have fallen over time, buying shoes that work for you is a must.
What are the best shoes for flat feet?
M aking sure that your shoes fit correctly is paramount to avoiding irritation or exacerbating any symptoms of flat feet. Ensure that your shoes have adequate arch support, hold your foot securely and don’t irritate, rub or put too much pressure on your foo t. Take a look at Each x Every’s Measurement Guide and Brand Match Guide if you want more fitting advice . A reinforced heel (particularly one that’s 20mm or slightly more) will help to support your foot more naturally by creating an arch where there isn't one . Try to avoid completely flat shoes or those with virtually no heel at all.
- Heeled styles and sandals with buckles or straps work best hold your foot in place. Similarly, it's best to look for styles that have a naturally wider silhouette such as square toe or almond-shaped designs.
- If you're used to wearing orthotics, make sure you choose a closed-toe design with removable footbeds with enough depth to accommodate your specific orthotic.
FLAT FEET SHOE RECOMMENDATIONS
Select from our trainers which have removable footbeds to support orthotics, our low boots with a 30mm heel to support your foot more naturally and our square toe heels and boots for extra width.
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Amanda is a Specialist Musculoskeletal and Sports Podiatrist who’s worked with the likes of Nike and the RAF. After treating everyone from professional athletes to busy working mums, she knows first hand how crucial your footwear is for avoiding daily discomfort or even damage to your feet.
How do I know if I have flat feet?
Known in the medical world as ‘Pes planus’, flat feet is a foot condition that describes feet with a low arch. While there are varying degrees of description for flat feet, a true ‘flat foot’ is either congenital (present from birth) or is developed from an injury to a tendon that helps support the arch. Damage to this tendon can create a higher degree of pronation (the natural movement of the foot when walking), where the foot rolls inwards more than is optimal.
Pronation of the foot is an important aspect of the gait cycle (the range of movements made when walking) and functions much like a natural shock absorber. Various degrees of pronation can lead to the foot spreading out on stance (when you’re standing) and in gait (when you’re walking) making the arch appear lower than it is.
Why can flat feet be problematic and what can I do about it?
While there’s nothing inherently problematic with having a lower arch, unwelcome symptoms can occur if the foot is placed in a strained lower-arch position. These symptoms include arch pain, back pain, associated foot conditions (such as bunions and overuse injuries), corns and callouses and an altered gait (a change to the way you walk).
You may also notice excessive wear in your shoes, which is sometimes noticeable in either one particular area of the sole or in the upper of the shoe. This is a sure-fire sign that your body weight is not being evenly distributed across your foot. So, while there’s no such thing as specific shoes for flat feet, there are things you can (and should) look out for to make sure your shoes are catering to your foot type.