questionswhat should i do with those things on my feet?


I'm flatfooted as well. Insoles are probably your best bet, though I always found them to be really uncomfortable.

You need shoes with really good support. Something that comes up to your ankle will probably help. I've had success with New Balance. Honestly, I think you need to try on a few pairs and find what works, it's something of a personal resolution.


I'm also flat footed and have the same problem, a couple miles in and my feet hurt then my knees start because I'm compensating so much. I've actually had my feet bruise before after long runs. I've tried insoles with no luck, I like Nike Free Runs (for about 4 months). I'm tempted to try the vibrams 5 fingers. I know they look stupid but I've heard amazing things about them. Have you tried them? I guess a pediatrist is out of the question?


My son frequently runs marathons and halfers, has done a triathlon and is training right now for another, and for a while coached a fund-raising marathon group. His advice is to talk to a couple of people at honest-to-goodness runner-oriented shops and ask their advice. If you're not connected to a local running group, you might drop in at one of their get-togethers (or phone, if there's a listing) and ask if they can suggest someone who'd be a good source for recommendations. His runners' group occasionally holds new-runner meetings attended by old hands (old feet?) who bring a lot of practical advice with them.


@nmchapma: The thing about the Vibrams isn't about support, it's about how they make you change the way you run, shifting the footfall to the ball vs. the heel and also shifting impact energy. Biomechanically, it makes tons of sense to run as if on springs vs. on sticks.

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Seconding magic cave's advice.

Around here (northwest Indiana), there's a few shops (Fleet Feet and The Extra Mile) that not only have salespeople that actually know their junk, but have treadmills in the store, so you can put a few miles on a pair of shoes before you buy them.

A shoe isn't a shoe isn't a shoe. They're engineered for different types of feet and different strides. Get some advice from somebody that knows what's up and can look at your foot and see you walk/run.


Those things on your feet are called toes. You're supposed to wiggle them and rub them with scented oils.


@j5: I understand the way they work but I don't know if the way they work would help solve the flat foot problem. I've spoken with people who wear them to run in and they love them after a while, many say they wear them more than just to run in because they help relieve knee and foot pain as well.


Sorry, I'm not gonna be caught dead in those 5 toe shoes. haha


@nmchapma: Yeah, not sure, because part of the natural shock absorber of the foot is the arch. It's like an arched bridge vs. a flat bridge, the arch can hold more weight. To me it would seem that the "forward" running stance would be better for flatfoots, but that's an engineer talking.

j5 j5

@nmchapma: Some of my former co-workers actually wore them to work (office building, mostly carpeted), which was dress-code acceptable since their doctors were willing to recommend doing so for various foot/leg problems. Looked funny as hell, but the wearers swore by them.


@magic cave has good advice. Go to a running shop. They'll take a look at your feet, watch you watch and run and find a shoe that works.

I assumed it was BS but gave it a try. They recommended a particular model of Asics for me. They felt good so I bought them. Running got easier and I've stuck with that particular model for the last 5 years.

On a whim I went to a different shop last summer to see what shoe they would recommend. They ended up recommending the exact same model! That convinced me they knew what they were doing.


Running Warehouse is a great site with some learning videos that I would recommend. It helped tremendously when choosing my running shoes.
Here is one on pronation: