What are flat feet?
Flat feet are an extremely common condition that affects a large proportion of the public. It is a condition in which the arches of the feet collapse and flatten. When bearing weight, flat feet excessively roll inwards (overpronate), and the soles of the feet completely touch the ground.
How do I know if I have flat feet?
Flat feet may be painless, but it is a condition that can also cause a significant amount of discomfort. Those with flat feet may experience some/any of the following symptoms:
- Sore feet
- Leg pain and cramps
- Increased pain when walking for long periods
- Development of bunions, heel spurs, or plantar fasciitis
Why do flat feet cause foot pain?
Feet that overpronate can become painful and irritated because the ligaments, muscles, and tendons are working in overdrive to keep the feet in their normal neutral positions. These structures are essentially working to counteract the collapsing of the arches. Repetitive motions, such as running and/or standing for long hours, will tire these structures out, leading to fatigue and foot pain.
Features to Look For in Work Boots for Flat Feet
Ultimately, when searching for a pair of work boots for flat feet, you want to opt for an option that will prevent arch collapse and help keep the feet as supported as possible. Below are some of the features that make a pair of boots suitable for flat feet:
1. A single bending point
Your boots should only bend at the point where your toes meet the ball of your foot.
2. A solid yet shock-absorbing midsole
The midsole (located between the insole and outsole) should be made of a shock-absorbing and durable material. It should be soft to the touch to cushion the feet and keep them comfortable. We highly recommend an EVA midsole.
3. A properly aligned sole
The front and back parts of a work boot should be flush to help keep you stable and balanced over uneven and hard surfaces.
4. A material that will mold to the shape of your foot
Materials that stretch and adapt to the shape of your foot will make for a much more comfortable fit. Full-grain leather is a solid choice.
5. Laces and a side zipper
Having a zipper on the side will make it extremely convenient to put on and take off the boots. Laces, on the other hand, will allow you to tighten the boot as it stretches over time.
An appropriate amount of arch support
Of course, arch support is extremely important when it comes to selecting work boots for flat feet. Many quality boots feature built-in orthotic insoles, which offer protection from a foot strain. We recommend a full-length orthotic as they tend to stay in place better within the shoe.
The Ergonx Elements work boot is a fantastic shoe for individuals with flat feet. It has all of the features mentioned above and boasts a podiatrist-designed orthotic insole for maximum comfort and protection.
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