I am confused and no idea what shoes would be best…

A reader asks:

Hi! I have very flat feet and my shoes wear quickly on the outside of the shoe, around the ball of my foot. I tend to have flare ups of plantar fasciitis. Everything I read is describing the wear on my shoes as under pronation but typically that is preceded by a mention of high arches. I am confused and no idea what shoes would be best for my situation. Thanks a ton! Mark.

Answer

Hi Mark. If you have very flat feet and (occasionally) plantar fasciitis, you need a shoe that has excellent support on the arch tendon of the foot, like the shoes for overpronation, so that you can distribute your body weight evenly across the entire foot surface (not just the heel and forefoot) to soften the impact during foot landing. In our view, a neutral shoe won’t work for you since it’s primarily designed for people with neutral to high arches. Plus, the wear on the outside of your shoe might be an indication that your foot struggle with balance (given your current shoe) because there’s excess movement, which is common to people with fallen arches, since your body isn’t properly guided to its correct alignment because there’s not enough support on the arch area.

There is a technology that works well with plantar fasciitis – ROLLBAR. This technology is present in stability shoes and it reduces rearfoot movement, therefore, also limits the inversion and eversion of the sole. Best examples of athletic shoes with ROLLBAR technology are New Balance shoes – 928, 813, 1540, and 847.  Another brand with this technology is Brooks – Adrenaline GTS and Addiction Walker.

2 thoughts on “I am confused and no idea what shoes would be best…”

  1. I am also very confused. I tend to roll outward a little on my feet. However, I have very little arch. I also suffer from occasional plantar fasciitis flare-ups, as well as having a bunion on one foot. Because I have spinal issues, it is all compounded. Which walking shoes/ athletic shoes for women would you recommend for me? I do quite a bit of walking, and it is very difficult. Thank you!

    • Hi Gay Ann. You can try the following support walking shoes: New Balance 847V3, New Balance 928V3, New Balance 813, Brooks Addiction Walker, Saucony Grid Omni Walker, or Asics Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4. It’s best to try the shoe on before buying.

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