So, you or your loved one has flat feet and you always struggle when it comes to selecting the correct shoe. It’s okay, just read along. Flat feet or pes planus, are found with many people and the unfortunate thing is that it causes a lot of strain on the foot, which, in more often than not, cause many problems. Even though children need shoes in order to protect their feet from any harm, it’s unfortunate that for those with flat feet, putting on shoes at an early age when you have flat feet hinders the necessary development as far as muscular and structural adjustments are concerned. Instead, it makes the situation worse by making it necessary that those feet would need to be structurally supported so that tendon and alignment strains are kept at bay. That’s where I come in to help because the initial step to provide that support is by the use of special shoes.
The right choice of shoes will improve comfort and therefore, you need to know the characteristics of a shoe that is suitable for a person with flat feet. Even if the shoe has all the features needed, you must ensure that it rests flat on the ground. Well, that automatically disqualifies heels. Below are the characteristics of the shoes that a person with flat feet should wear.
The sole must be stiff
When you want to buy a shoe for a flat-footed individual, ensure the sole is not flexible but stiff so that it won’t allow the foot to collapse. To ensure that you get the right shoe from the market, examine it before purchase by trying to twist its sole. In case the sole bends towards the middle, it means that it’s not the one you’re looking for. The best one would be that which bends near the toes; a clear indication that it’s stiff and hence would be able to support the foot. Generally, a shoe that doesn’t twist easily is your ideal.
The sole must be wide
Before you purchase a shoe for a person with flat feet, ensure that the shoe has a wide sole and it must not narrow in the middle. Ignore all the shoes, flats and sandals with soles that narrow along the sides because the foot won’t have adequate support at the sides. In fact, nobody has the feet of such a shape. In order to know that a shoe has a wider sole and would be more supportive, check its bottom.
Stiffer heel material
The shoe with stiffer heel is ideal in providing support for a flat foot. A supportive shoe must have its heel made of a very stiff material, and the heel bone should not rotate outward easily. Be careful when making a selection because many shoes out there have a heel bone that easily rotates outward.
If you’re not careful, the new trends in the construction of shoes might fool you and you may end up buying a show with fancy additions in the outer cover of the sole, which are not real and are only there to attract customers. To be on the safe side, just test the stiffness as I have said above. Whatever is added there to improve support must be integrated inside the shoe and if that’s the case, it would be obvious that if you test it for stiffness, chances are high that it would be what you’re looking for – a supportive shoe.
It’s advisable that you ignore what traders call new or improved design and go for the traditional shoes because they’ve served people for centuries now without any problem. There is no technology out there, which has surpassed traditional way of constructing shoes. In any case, the traditional shoe industry has evolved and improved in its own way and therefore, you would be safe if you go traditional rather than the so-called “new and improved” designs.
Beware of the non-traditional shoe construction, which is only based on luring customers but not on the understanding of how the foot functions. Again, they rarely take care of the special feet that need special types of shoes. In fact, non-traditional shoes can even cause more problems especially to those with deformities.
Last but not least, the principle of shoe fitting cannot be underrated. Based on specific measurements – width and length – it’s necessary that the shoemaker make the shoe that is neither bigger nor smaller than the foot. In that way, it will be more supportive. It would be more accurate if the measurements were taken with an aid of shoe salesperson because they’re well conversant with the products and they can as well give detailed information to the manufactures.
All in all, a person should feel comfortable immediately he or she wears shoe unlike in some cases where one has to do some guesswork adjustments for the foot to fit in a shoe.