People with flat feet need a little bit more supportive shoe than somebody who doesn’t have flat feet. Manufacturers always claim that their shoes are well supportive and they have special things built into the shoe to make it more supportive for people with flat feet or people that just need a little bit of extra arch support. The problem is is that very few of these shoes actually have anything that really qualifies as being supportive on the inside of the shoe. Instead of worrying about support within the shoe itself, the one thing you need to worry about is making sure that you get into a good insert. Either a very high quality over the counter insert or if need be a prescription orthotic to support your flat foot, that will support the arch structure sufficiently enough.
However, one still has to take into consideration the construction of the shore and how it’s going to support the foot. A person with a flat foot needs a very stiff soled supportive shoe in order to keep the foot from over rotating into the flattened position. There are several components that one can use to evaluate a shoe and make sure that it’s supportive enough for a flat foot. Many of these components typically are found in many types of athletic shoes and other types of oxford style lace up shoes but you can also use these various tests that I’ll teach you today to other types of shoes that’ll make sure they’re supportive enough for you if you happen to have flat feet.
The first thing you need to check with a shoe in order to make sure that it’s supportive enough for a flat foot is you need to check whether or not the shoe will bend in the proper place. A shoe that bends straight in the middle where the arch is is not a good shoe because it won’t provide enough support for somebody with a flat food. You need to test the shoe by bending it and if it bends where the toes are supposed to bend then that means that the shoe is supportive enough however, if it bends back here in the middle of the foot it’s not support enough. This shoe right here you can’t really bend it in half in the middle so this means that the shoe is a pretty good supportive shoe from that respect for somebody with flat feet.
The second thing that you want to look into when you evaluate the shoe is how well you can twist or torque it. If you can twist or torque the shoe almost like you’re ringing a towel, as many canvas style shoes will often do then that means that the shoe really does not have a lot of support from one side to the other and isn’t going to be very good for somebody with a flat foot. However, if you try to twist it and you only get a little bit of direction one way or the other that means the shoe is typically going to be good for a flat foot.
The final consideration you need to make in testing how the shoe will work with a flat foot is how stiff the heel is. A good stiff area where the heel sits back here, this part of the shoe called the heel counter, a good stiff part of the shoe will help to resist the rotation of the heel bone as it often does when it flattens out. Try pushing on the back of the shoe, if it’s fairly stiff and doesn’t want to yield then that means you’ve got a good supportive shoe for a flat foot from that respect. However, if you can push with your thumb, the heel counter of the shoe all the way down that means it’s fairly flexible and it’s probably not such a good part or construction of the shoe for a person with a flat foot.
When in doubt, go to your local shoe store to a person who’s knowledgeable about the shoe and a lot of these retail stores unfortunately just don’t carry people who understand the shoes they carry, especially department stores where you have to select your own shoes. Go to a local shoe store that has a good knowledgeable staff that will still take the time to fit you and they’ll be able to help you out with proper shoes for your particular foot type.