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Have Flat Feet?

No problem! Here's what you need to know to help your pain.

Are you experiencing pain every time you go for a walk or run? Whether the pain radiates in your feet, travels to your shins, or resides in your heels, the good news is, the fix may be as easy as a new pair of shoes.

What are flat feet?

Flat feet and both the heel and toes rotate outwards. This position hinders your foot’s ability to absorb shock, which increases the possibility of injury with each step. Running or walking without the proper stabilization, over time, can lead to more stress on ligaments, tendons, and muscles up your leg. So, what shoes should you wear to help?

What do supportive shoes look like?

There are many shoes out there that can help alleviate that aggravating flat foot pain.

A shoe that is good for flat feet has the following characteristics:

  1. Thick cushioning under the arch

  2. A wide toe area allowing for proper, big and second toe push off

  3. Strong support in both the forefoot and heel to keep the foot in place

Running shoes for flat feet

We've done the work for you; here are some of the best shoes to keep your flat feet supported and pain free!

Brooks Bedlam

Under Armour UA HOVR™ Guardian


*Also listed in the neutral shoe category, the ASICS GT 4000 ranges from neutral to over support​. So, if you're in need for extra stabilization and support, but don't have completely flat arches, this may be the shoe for you.

New Balance 860v9

Saucony Guide ISO

*Also listed in the neutral shoes category, the Saucony Guide ISO ranges from mid to low arch support. So, if you're looking for shoes that will help with overpronation without being stiff, these are the shoes for you.

What if you don't have flat feet?: Neutral Shoes

For those of you that don't have to worry about collapsed arches, but still are in search of the best neutral running shoes...look no further. We've curated some of 2019's best.

New Balance FuelCell Impulse

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35

ASICS GT 4000 ​

Salomon Ultra Pro

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5

Saucony Guide ISO

Shoes for the trails

With spring around the corner, so is hiking season! Dr. Allen wanted to provide this year's top hiking/rough terrain shoes for those who like to enjoy the outdoors during their workout.

Adidas Terrex Agravic XT GTX

Hoka One One Men's Evo Mafate

Salomon Ultra Pro

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