Can I Wear Barefoot Shoes If I Have Flat Feet?

There is a commonly held belief in foot care that flat feet must be supported. But it’s unclear what exactly the definition of a flat foot is, and what complications it leads to. Arch support in traditional footwear does not teach you how to use your feet well and it doesn’t allow you to use your foot muscles, so it might actually hinder rather than help. Foot function is a much bigger indicator of success than the height of your arch. As long as there is no pain, dysfunction, or underlying pathologies, then both kids and adults can wear barefoot shoes even with flat feet.

Read this article for more on why arch support isn’t a long term solution + related research articles.

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  1. I am happy to have found so much information about barefoot shoes. I can’t wear more than the smallest arch support, and most of the time I wear NO arch support. Having had 4 rounds of compression fractures in my left foot, I do some strengthening exercises, going up and down on a step with both heels and toes. My favorite sandals are totally flat and have very little in the way of straps. Next pair of shoes will be shaped like my feet are shaped!

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I first discovered barefoot shoes after a long history of foot issues. By changing my footwear and strengthening my body I was able to completely transform my life. Anya’s Reviews is my way of sharing with the world that healthy feet are happy feet!

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