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Old 03-21-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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So I have like no arches in my feet, which causes a lot of pain when I try to work out, or just walk to class. Are there any shoes that you all recommend I check out? I am currently checking out Dr. Marten's (for looks mostly). Thank you all in advance!

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Old 03-21-2012, 06:20 PM   #2
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So I have like no arches in my feet, which causes a lot of pain when I try to work out, or just walk to class. Are there any shoes that you all recommend I check out? I am currently checking out Dr. Marten's (for looks mostly). Thank you all in advance!
If any of the stores in your area (walmart or a drug store) has the Dr. Scholls machine that checks your feet to see whats wrong, than use it. I tried it after dealing with painful feet after being on them for only an hour. Working out helped a bit, but I can't workout every day. The inserts cost $50 and it didn't look like much, but I swear I can't live without them now!!
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I recommend seeing a podiatrist, they can get you in the right shoes with the proper insoles/arch support.. I hope you you get relief soon.
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For sneakers you could try shoe dog. But a foot doc would be best if you have pain.

http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/...t/shoe-dog.jsp

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My feet are super flat, and I have plantar fasciitis in both of them. I ADORE my Birkenstocks - I've collected 40 pairs in the last 15 years. For sneakers, the only ones I can wear without my orthotics are Brooks Ariel. Not terribly cute, but not much is in a 10 wide. I also like the stapled bottom Sanita clogs. Sanita used to be the supplier for Dansko, but Dansko went to a Chinese supplier a couple years ago and I don't think they're as comfortable as the Sanitas are.

You could also try Orthaheel sandals - they have good arch support, too.

ETA - Doc Martens have NO arch support - they are completely flat inside. You'll have to add some sort of insert if that's what you want to wear.
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I to recommend getting fitting for CUSTOM ORTHOTICS ! I to have VERY flat feet and I'm in horrible pain when working our BUT since I've gotten my custom made orthotics my feet ar 90% better

and if your not ready to spend on that go to shoe dog like listed above
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I recommend seeing a podiatrist, they can get you in the right shoes with the proper insoles/arch support.. I hope you you get relief soon.
Yep - I have flat feet and got my first custom orthotics at around 8 years old and had to pay out of pocket for them ($800) every time my feet grew/they wore out until my most recent ones. My insurance is finally paying for them (though now they're almost 1k). They're worth it if you need to pay or not.
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My DH and all 3 boys have flat feet. The boys haven't experienced problems yet, but DH has had foot aching for years. Our insurance doesn't pay for orthotics, so he did try the Dr Scholls thing at our Walmart and the shoe inserts it recommended have made a huge difference!! Not very expensive compared to custom orthotics and he recommends trying it. Best wishes!
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You really do need to get fitted for inserts. I'm speaking from personal experience here, but if you do a lot of high impact exercises you need supportive (best, fitted especially to your feet) inserts.

As for shoes. I like New Balance for workouts and Danskos for everyday use. They have a small built in arch and I use this with inserts (I haven't found anywhere locally where I can get custom made inserts ).
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