It’s easy to assume that flats will be comfortable to wear but sadly, aesthetics still has the last say in the design. This often overlooks crucial design support and structure. Okay, wearing flat shoes is healthier than wearing stilettos. However, without enough support, a flat shoe might cause persistent foot issues. Arched foot discomfort and tendon inflammation may become more prevalent as a result.
Finding a shoe that is both useful and supportive for you without compromising on style is the next challenge. When selecting your next pair of flats, keep these things in mind. They are all made to be functional and aesthetically pleasing shoes. Flats are quite adaptable; they may be very casual or very fashionable.
Flats help to make good posture as they bring about changes in the body’s alignment as it changes how you put pressure on the balls of your foot. This forces the body to change its posture accordingly, resulting in good posture.
Stay Away From Overly Rigid and Soft Designs
If a shoe folds very easily, it clearly shows that it lacks the support required. Additionally, they could lack a suitable midsole and outsole to provide good comfort for your leg. Leg and foot strain might result from a decent shoe without a shank. Overusing soft tissues might result in heel discomfort, ankle and foot instability, and further pain.
Foot discomfort in the ball of the foot will result from the absence of an outsole. Don’t put your fragile sneakers in the trash just yet. Why not use a temporary shank and midsole to add more support? If your shoes have replaceable insoles, you may add an orthotic off the shelf and cushion them. This is result in the shoes being very comfortable and easy to wear.
On the other hand, a shoe with an excessively stiff sole might also be harmful. By bending your shoes, you may put this to the test. Your natural movement, such as walking, is faced with hindrance if it doesn’t bend at the ball of the foot. If there is no movement, it is too difficult. If it does flex, look at the foot’s ball rather than the centre. The heel and foot often rub while wearing a pair of inflexible shoes. Additionally, it makes your toes grasp, which causes your legs’ lower limb muscles to work too hard. To prevent such issues, it better to test a shoe before buying it to check its flexibility and rigidity.
Unfortunately, a shoe lacking this flexibility can’t have anything added to it to enhance its support.
Select a Raised Shoe
All know that feet aren’t flat by nature. That should be reflected in well-made shoes. A typical pair of running shoes with a 12mm heel should provide enough lift for a heel strike angle without discomfort. It should also be shock-absorbing to withstand any aftershocks. Leg, foot, and back discomfort might result from low elevation. Additionally, it may result in overuse damage to soft tissues like Achilles tendinitis.
Choose a shoe that gives at least 10-30mm of internal elevation for your feet to be comfortable. Small wedges or anything similar is an excellent choice. Another option is to get a soft removable heel raise from a good shoe store or pharmacy. A footbed available off the shelf and interchangeable with your footwear is another wise investment.
This will guarantee that you always have support and comfort when you wear your flats. Your shoes may be to blame if you have ongoing back discomfort.