Flat feet - sore knees
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My flat feet seem to cause my knees to become sore if I do a lot of
walking or stairs. I got custom made orthotics, which helped, but I
still have the problem. I am afraid my knees will get too sore if I
go on hikes more than 4 miles or so.
I wonder if my shoes could be a problem. I wear wide width shoes even
though my feet are not really wide. Regular shoes rub against one of
my little toes. Since my shoes are a little loose, maybe my orthotics
can't work as well as they should. Anyone know anything about this
kind of problem?
Look for shoes with a wider toebox, not wider overall.
You may have to try on *lots* of shoes, so go to a store with a good
selection, one that specializes in shoes for running & walking. If you don't
know one, ask a local running club contact. Take your old shoes, orthotics,
& sox with you shopping. Tell the clerk -- who should be very attentive
about it -- what kind of exercise, frequency, vigor, mileage, terrain, etc.
that you go on. Be prepared to spend some time on this.
When I buy new running shoes, I consider it a happy occasion if I don't have
to try more than 3-4 pairs -- not counting the ones I can see by the shape
(toebox, again, I like plenty of room for my toes to wiggle) that I won't
like. Then I try them with different insole replacements to get them to fit
"just so". Then I try them out on the treadmill in the store. It can take
well over an hour. And even then, I do a workout on the treadmill at home
before going out on the road in them -- that way they're still in returnable
condition if an over-5-min workout shows they aren't quite right.
When I find something that works for me, I get 2 more pairs so I don't have
to go through the process for at least another year. I rotate the pairs.
(You may not need to do this with walking-only shoes, but it's still a good
idea to have more than one pair.) Not only do my feet change from year to
year but so do the shoes, so I can't just order "the same thing" -- can't be
sure the new ones would still work (& sometimes the old ones aren't working
as well for me either so I really do need a change).
You may even have to spend more money on them than you expect &/or are used
to, you never can tell what'll work for you. But your feet are worth it,
especially if you like long hikes & whatnot.