What are the best shoes for flat feet?

If you’ve got flat feet there is no need to resign yourself to a life time of pain and limited, uncompromising shoe choices.  In other words, not having a proper arch on your foot doesn’t mean you need to skip out on going to the beach, working in certain situations or indulging in any other activity just because your foot is a little different.

Here’s a few ideas on the kind of shoes that are best for flat feet in a variety of different circumstances.

If you’ve gone shopping for any kind of footwear for flat feet, you know that the whole process can be a little daunting. Of course you need a little more support than people who are lucky enough to have normal arches , but there are several other questions such as what kind of shoes have the best arches and how being flat footed can affect your health.

Here’s the problem that you need to address. With the proper arch, every step puts weight on the balls and heel of your foot. With flat feet, there is an unusual stress on your hip joint that needs to be considered.

Long story short is you need to buy the proper shoes that have good arch support as well as orthopedic inserts that you can slip inside your shoes. Here are a few of the tests you need to work through  to get the best shoes for your flat feet.

  • How the shoe bends. If you can bend the shoe at the point where your toes will fit in, you generally get enough support and that part of your foot won’t be cramped. However, if you can flex that footwear in the middle, your arches might be let down by that particular style.
  • You don’t want to twist and shout. That might be a popular dance move but it’s bad news when you are picking a pair of shoes for flat feet. If you pick a shoe that  is hard to move around and twist in, you’ll get the kind of support you’ll need for those arches.

Finally, it’s a good idea to look for a stiff heel so that you get the entire support package in one shoe. Keep in mind that extra support doesn’t mean you have to give in and compromise an easy fit. The extra support described here actually means you’ll be more comfortable.

Foot care for pregnant women

There are many different changes a woman goes through when she’s pregnant. Foot pain is one of the more common complaints and quite often this has everything to do with the fact her centre of balance is altered as she gains weight. The new weight-bearing stance many women adopt when they are with child puts extra pressure on  their knees and feet.

Here’s a few ideas on foot care for pregnant women that will help to alleviate some of this discomfort.

Making that nine months of your life as comfortable as possible means learning about the possibility of foot conditions called Overpronation and Edema which often results in pain in the heels, balls or arches of your feet. The right orthotics devices can prevent you from suffering from the lingering effects associated with Overpronation. This is one of the best ways to get the additional support needed while you are carrying the extra weight of a new baby.

Edema is also commonly called swelling of the feet. This usually occurs in the final trimester of pregnancy and is a result of decreased circulation and blood gathering in the lower extremities. There are a few things that you can do during your pregnancy to alleviate swelling in your feet and these include:

  • Elevating your feet as often as possible. It’s a good idea to take the pressure off those arches as often as you can. The kind of socks that you wear can make a difference as well. It’s another good idea to try and select only those brands and styles that don’t hinder circulation further.
  • Although you probably already know that what you eat makes a difference when you are pregnant, many women might not know how maintaining a good diet can help you when you’re suffering with Edema. It’s well known that avoiding foods with an increased level of salt is a best practice since that helps to lessen fluid retention.

If you’ve got to take a long trip or go on an aircraft for any length of time, it’s a good idea to stretch your legs wherever possible to promote circulation. Finally, it’s not uncommon for pregnant women to suffer from foot cramps during the course of their pregnancy. Walking it off is one of the best ways to get rid of the pain during the day  and massaging the arch of your foot with your thumbs at night can work wonders.