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Flat Feet Shoes:

It is generally accepted by professionals that a person with flat feet tends to overpronate in his or her running form. With normal, or neutral, running shoes, a person who overpronates in his or her running form may be more susceptible to shin splints, back problems, and tendonitis in the knee. Running in shoes with extra medial support or using special shoe inserts, orthoses, may help correct one's running form by reducing pronation and may reduce risk of injury.

Wearing supportive orthotics in the shoe is a method commonly implemented to treat many common running injuries that are thought to be associated with pronation. An added advantage of orthotics is that they often allow the runner to continue to participate in athletic activity and avoid other treatment options that could be potentially costly and time consuming.

Supination occurs when the foot impacts the ground and there is not enough of an ?inward roll? in the foot?s motion. The weight of the body isn?t transferred at all to the big toe, forcing the outside of the foot and the smaller toes which can't handle the stress as well to take the majority of the weight instead.

However, persons with flat feet may also have a neutral or underpronating gait. Pronation is a natural form of shock absorption during running and walking, when the ankle rolls inward and the weight distribution in the foot shifts medially. Overpronation is excessive pronation; it disrupts the alignment of the leg and may result in injuries due to over-stressing of the knee and leg.

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