Flat-footed footwear

The Importance of Orthopedic Shoes

Flattening is a deformation of one or two stops, consisting in reducing the characteristic deflection( the so-called "arch of the foot") and lowering its arch. It should be understood that flat feet - this is not just an aesthetic problem, but a serious violation of the mechanics of knee and leg joints.

People suffering from flat feet, it is recommended to abandon shoes on flat soles( especially adversely affects arch arch walking in beach slaps) and use only orthopedic shoes that provide additional foot support.

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Athletic shoes with flat feet

Sporting with flat feet in normal and unadapted shoes provoke overprotection of the foot - the axis of the ankle from its normal perpendicular position begins to "fall over" inside. Such a shift gradually leads to serious violations of posture.

The situation is aggravated by the fact that often the degrees of flat feet of the left and right legs differ, provoking the development of uneven distortions of the skeleton. One of the characteristic features of this problem is the fast-fitting outer part of the heels zone at the running shoes.

Can I run with flatfoot?

It must be remembered that with flat feet, it is strictly forbidden to run in flat-soled shoes or even simple running sneakers. This significantly aggravates the disturbance of the normal mechanics of the foot and adversely affects the knees. In addition, chronic pain in the spine.

Running with flat feet necessarily requires the use of special sneakers. Such sneakers help support the arch of the foot and provide a firm fixation of the foot, not allowing the ankle to fall into the interior. They also create cushioning, reducing the impact load from the joints when running.

Running shoes with flat feet

The best runners for running at flat feet are models with additional support of the arch of the foot - almost all large manufacturers of sports shoes have similar models in collections. Sneakers should be tightly laced, and their size is matched correctly.

  1. Asics G el-Kayano. In the Asics range, there are several models of running shoes suitable for running at flatfoot: Gel-DS Trainer, Gel-Kayano, GT-2000, Gel-Foundation, GT-1000 and Gel-Flux. Some of the best are Asics Gel-Kayano, produced since the early 1990's and received this year its twenty-third degeneration.
  2. Nike LunarGlide. In the line of Nike sneakers, only two models are suitable for running with foot overnapping - LunarGlide and The main difference is the weight and massiveness - the more compact LunarGlide sneakers and the rather massive AirZoom. It is also important to consider that, compared to other manufacturers, Nike makes narrower sneakers.
  3. New Balance 860. The main difference between New Balance is the availability of a number of models of running shoes for various types of flatfoot. New Balance 860 provide additional support for the heel and fix the foot, and New Balance 1260 creates a strong support arch arch and increases depreciation when running.

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How to choose sneakers?

When choosing shoes for running with flat feet, it is important to try models of different brands. You have to understand for yourself, in which sneakers you are more comfortable and which ones sit better on your leg. As we mentioned above, Nike is characterized by a narrower footwear, and New Balance and Asics - wider.

Separately note that the "budget" models of sneakers of the same manufacturers do not provide additional cushioning and support for the arch of the foot, so they are not suitable for running with flat feet - trying to save, you risk buying completely inappropriate footwear.

Orthopedic insoles

In case you do not have the opportunity to purchase sneakers that are fully suitable for running with flat feet, in part the problem will be solved by using a model with foot fixation and additional cushioning, but with the replacement of the usual insole with orthopedic support with the arch of the foot.

However, consider that such an insole often makes the shoes narrower and you may need a size slightly larger than usual - that's why when buying it is recommended to try on sneakers, independently inserting orthopedic insoles into them.


Flat feet necessarily require the use of special orthopedic sneakers for running and playing sports. Such shoes should absorb the load, reliably fix the foot and support its arch, preventing the fall of the ankle inwards.