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Anyone here have flat feet....(11 posts)

Anyone here have flat feet....QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Jun 12, 2002 4:41 PM
I also have flat feet, is it a bit of a handicap? If you guys with flat feet where in-soles in your shoe, and whats the best kind. Thanks a lot for your input...

Yup - Not a problem.jose_Tex_mex
Jun 12, 2002 4:46 PM
Yes, do and I have never had a problem. Never used insoles or what not. I have used Look shoes, Nike, and Performance's Trophy shoes. Never had any problems.
same herenamir in SoCal
Jun 12, 2002 4:48 PM
Although I haven't been riding long, I've not noticed the same shin pain and soreness as when I run. I feel like this is a perfect sport for someone with flat feet because it doesn't seem to be a hindrance. I have custom-made insoles for my athletic shoes that are currently in my Sidis. They work just fine.
same hereBacco
Jun 12, 2002 4:58 PM
Namir, can you explain what the custom-made insoles did for you? What do they look like?
custom insolesnamir in SoCal
Jun 12, 2002 5:20 PM
I actually got them when i was rowing. i went to a podiatrist (foot doctor) and he used a camera system that made a map of my feet unweighted with many thousands of data points on the sole of my foot. the files this machine generated were then forwarded to the insole company that made the custom insoles for my feet. they cost around $180 dollars, and it's been worth it. they support my foot further back than conventional store-bought insoles, which is actually where the foot needs to be supported. at first, they hurt a bit as you get used to them. my feet pronate badly, and the insoles make everything feel more aligned. they look a lot like your standard replacement insoles, but they've got thin plastic on the bottom.

The only issue is that of volume inside the shoes-- if you're filling the shoe to the point where your foot is pressing the top of the shoe (by the tongue), these won't work. I use them in my hiking boots to fill some volume and tighten things up a bit.

another option is to get custom "Super-Feet" made, which can be done at most major outdoor shops (REI-type stores). Those run roughly $80.

An even cheaper option is to get the stock Super-Feet insoles for $30. This is a must if you want comfortable feet. The stock insoles that come in your shoes suck for athletic purposes. The insoles that came with my Sidi's were laughable. I think they were cardboard. There's simply no way to get adequate foot support and cushioning with something like that.

Take care of your feet!

stock insolesjromack
Jun 12, 2002 6:20 PM
Check out the insoles that come with new Carnacs. They are made by Conformable. They mold to your feet within the first 100 miles or so. Very nice touch compared to the Sidi cardboard.

They look a bit like a Superfeet grey, but a bit plusher.

Specialized also has a special stock insole that has some nice features.
Flat Feet Better???jose_Tex_mex
Jun 12, 2002 4:54 PM
If you push down on the pedals with a force which is distributed in one case via flat feet and another via non flat feet. Wouldn't the flat feet (because of their greater surface/contact area) receive less force per unit area? Thus, flat feet would appear to tire less and how many other benefits?

re: Anyone here have flat feet....Bacco
Jun 12, 2002 4:57 PM
I have very flat feet. I try to find shoes that do not have any arch support. Often the arch support is part of the insole which I can remove and replace with an insole that is flat. Sometimes the arch support is built into the last which is a problem. I bought some Sidi Genius biking shoes which have the arch support built into the last. They would definitely bother me a lot if they were walking shoes, but for biking the arch support doesn't seem to bother me much.
re: Anyone here have flat feet....rufus
Jun 12, 2002 5:07 PM
i have orthotics for my boots, and doctor recommendations that i should wear hiking boot type footwear for their support. otherwise, after a couple of weeks, i develop severe pain and tenderness in my ankles.

i stuck a pair of dr. scholl's inserts in my mountain bike shoes, but go without in my road shoes, as there really isn't room for them to fit. haven't really had any problems, and don't think it matters anyway, as the contact point, and main pressure point, is mainly the ball of the foot, and not the entire foot.
re: Anyone here have flat feet....bianchi boy
Jun 12, 2002 6:15 PM
I have very flat feet. I ran for many years without it bothering me until me feet started going numb. A doctor told me the nerve to your foot wraps around your ankle and I was slowly beating it to death by running. That's when I quit running, and I also had some orthotics made at that time. The doctor who fitted my orthotics told me I could resume running if I wore the orthotics, but I just didn't feel comfortable doing it after all that. Now, if I don't wear my orthotics when walking or hiking, my feet start hurting a lot.

As far as cycling is concerned, my flat feet haven't bothered me. Although I don't use my orthotics in my cycling shoes, I use standard Superfeet inserts. If I didn't use these inserts, it would be hard to get a decent fit because I can't tighten the shoes enough. I wear Sidi G-3s, and without the inserts I have to tighten the straps down all the way and they still fit loose. With inserts they fit fine.
re: Anyone here have flat feet....Iseemo
Jun 13, 2002 1:35 PM
I have extremely flat narrow feet. I've never tried inserts, but probably should. I usually have no trouble cycling - but I do have trouble running on pavement and try not to do it often (I usually run trails and not everyday).
But the other day I was road riding and it was an extremely hot, humid southern day and for some reason my feet really started bothering me (which shouldn't be the case even if they were swelling, as my Diadora shoes are slightly big) - it may be my cleat position - it hasn't bothered me since that day.
I really have no advice - but I'm glad you posted that as I've learned something from the responses. I was going to try some Sidi shoes (for my narrow feet) but that's not sounding like a great option for flat-footed folks.