I have flat feet and my physical therapist says I am a pronator

by Linda

I have flat feet and my physical therapist says I am a pronator. Which shoes would you recommend?

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Usually, motion control shoes are a great option for someone with flat feet. But it really depends on what type of pronation you have. Some of us fall in the normal range, some of us have overpronation (feet roll inward as you walk) and some of us have underpronation, or supination (feet roll outward as you walk). And, some of us have a higher degree of overpronation or supination than others. So, it can get pretty confusing!

Since your physical therapist didn't specify what type of pronation you have or the degree of pronation, I would recommend visiting a speciality shoe store that has a free walking analysis test. They have special equipment to analyze your feet and how you walk and can determine your degree of pronation and recommend the best shoe for you. Be sure to buy from a store that has a good return policy so you can/return exchange the shoes if they bother your feet.

Best of luck and happy walking!

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walking shoes for severe underpronation(oversupination)

What type of walking shoe is best for someone with severe underpronation?

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Underpronation, also known as supination, means that your feet roll outward as you walk. The best kind of walking shoe is a neutral-cushioned shoe, with maximum flexibility. Here are some of the best walking shoes for underpronation:










Asics GEL-Resort - Commit to your fitness routine in the GEL-Resort walking shoe from ASICS. This performance-oriented trainer features a synthetic and mesh upper for breathable protection with an AHAR heel plug for enhanced durability at the point of impact. The GEL cushioning system offers full-length support, while the Ortholite insole provides moisture-wicking comfort. The rubber outsole delivers reliable traction on a variety of terrain.
Saucony Grid Integrity ST - Take in the long view with the energetic Grid Integrity ST walking shoe from Saucony. The full grain leather upper is built with key area stretch zones, increasing fit in the forefoot. Within the midsolet, the support bridge offers torsional stability for a supportive stride. The rearfoot Grid system provides cushion and shock absorption for enhancing every walking routine. The Grid Integrity ST meets the criteria for SADMERC approval.



Happy walking!

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Best Walking shoe for overpronators

by Toni
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)

I need a good walking shoe for over pronation, and to help avoid shin splints. I mostly walk on a treadmill between 3.5 and 4.5 mph. Some outside walking when it's nice outside.

Any suggestions?

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A great way to help avoid shin splints is to find a good fitting shoe. You'll need to choose either a stability or motion control shoe to help control your overpronation. The more severe your degree of overpronation, the more control you'll want in a shoe.

Have a look at some of the best walking shoes for women, which include some great options for both stability and motion control shoes.

I'd also recommend visiting either a podiatrist or a speciality shoe store that has the technology to analyze your gait and foot strike to determine your degree of overpronation. This will help you choose a shoe with just the right about of control.

There are other things you can do to help prevent shin splints, such as warming up and cooling down and stretching.

In addition, give yourself some rest and ice the area after a walk. A quick internet search on how to heal shin splint pain can give you more information.

Best of luck and happy walking!

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Best Walking Shoes For A Supinator

by Jim
(Missouri)

What walking shoe would you recommend for a supinator?

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As you know a supinator, also known as an underpronator, is someone whose feet tend to roll outward as they land. It's possible to develop problems with your knees if you don't wear the right shoes to help with this issue.

The best shoe for this type of foot is a neutral shoe with maximum flexibility. Here are some recommendations that have been rated top picks by both walkers and the experts.










Asics GEL-Resort - Commit to your fitness routine in the GEL-Resort walking shoe from ASICS. This performance-oriented trainer features a synthetic and mesh upper for breathable protection with an AHAR heel plug for enhanced durability at the point of impact. The GEL cushioning system offers full-length support, while the Ortholite insole provides moisture-wicking comfort. The rubber outsole delivers reliable traction on a variety of terrain.
Saucony Grid Omni Walker - Increase your AErobic ability in the Grid Omni Walker from Saucony. Carbon rubber outsole maintains durability for an extended lifespan. The Grid System centers your foot in a healthful position. SRC Crash Zone absorbs the shock of heel impact. The midsole carries HRC cushioning to carry your stride further. The Grid Omni Walker meets the criteria for SADMERC approval.


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shoes for underpronation

by Tiffanney
(conroe, Tx)

What is the best shoe for under pronators?

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You have many great options for walking shoes that help control underpronation! A neutral shoe is a great option, such as the Asics GEL Resort. Have a look at this list of best women's walking shoes for some of my favorites.

Best of luck and happy walking!

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Best Walking Shoes for Overpronator

by Caps
(NY NY)

What is the best walking shoe for an overpronator?

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The feet of an overpronator roll inward too much while walking. Usually the best walking shoe for an overpronator is a motion control shoe because these types of shoes provide the added control your feet need.

There are many great walking shoes for overpronators. I've listed a few of my favorites below. Be sure to purchase from a store that will allow you to either return or exchange the shoes if they don't fit you just right.

Women's Walking Shoes for Overpronators



















Asics GEL-4-To-8 - Youll love the GEL-4-to-8 shoe from ASICS from day one. Those walkers prone to foot injuries will rejoice at the safety and comfort features built into this newcomer: GEL Cushioning System, a rocker action midsole that smoothes gait, an open mesh and synthetic upper, and PHF (Personalized Heel Fit).
New Balance WW811WT - Enhance your passion for everyday exercise with the New Balance 811 walking shoe. A performance walking shoe with ROLLBAR graphite technology for exceptional rearfoot stability. The TPU Walking Strike Path Outsole stabilizes the foot through the walking gait cycle. Lightweight midsole and outsole cushioning resists compression set for longevity through miles of scenery.
New Balance WW846 - Walk here, there and everywhere in the New Balance 846 shoe. This women's walking shoe sports a synthetic and mesh upper with a moisture-wicking lining and ABZORB FL cushioning. The Walking Strike Path outsole of the New Balance 846 running shoe stabilizes and guides the foot through the walking gait for maximum efficiency.
Saucony Progrid Stabil LE 4 - Increase your active mileage in the ProGrid Stabil LE 4 walking shoe from Saucony. As the heel impacts the ground, the ProGrid system absorbs the impact to protect the sole. The midsole is built to provide maximum control of over-pronation. HRC cushioning absorbs shock during the gait cycle, rebounding with motivation in stride.


Men's Walking Shoes for Overpronators


















Asics GEL-4-To-8 - Engineered for those with a higher risk of foot injury, the GEL-4-To-8 walking shoe from ASICS delivers reliable support. This diabetic-friendly shoe promotes a smooth heel-to-toe gait and offers increased forefoot volume for extra comfort. The GEL cushioning system absorbs shock, while the lightweight midsole lends cushioning. The memory foam-lined heel collar molds to the athletes heel, creating a personalized fit.
New Balance MW811WT - Enhance your passion for everyday exercise with the New Balance 811 walking shoe. A performance walking shoe with ROLLBAR graphite technology for exceptional rearfoot stability. The TPU Walking Strike Path Outsole stabilizes the foot through the walking gait cycle. Lightweight midsole and outsole cushioning resists compression set for longevity through miles a scenery.
New Balance MW846WN - Take every step in comfort with the New Balance 846 walking shoe. This men's walking shoe features a synthetic and mesh upper with a seamless, moisture-wicking lining. The Ndurance outsole of the New Balance 846 walking shoe provides reliable traction on a variety of surfaces.
Saucony Progrid Stabil LE 4 - Increase your active mileage in the ProGrid Stabil LE 4 walking shoe from Saucony. As the heel impacts the ground, the ProGrid system absorbs the impact to protect the sole. The midsole is built to provide maximum control of over-pronation. HRC cushioning absorbs shock during the gait cycle, rebounding with motivation in stride.





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Best Walking Shoes for Pronator

by Sharon
(Denton, Texas, USA)

I walk 4 miles daily, briskly, on asphalt roads. I pronate. What particular brands of walking shoe should I wear?

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Hi Sharon,

It depends on whether you are an overpronator (your feet roll inward as you walk) or an underpronator (your feet roll outward as you walk).

A stability or motion control shoe is good for overpronators. For example, the Asics Gel Kayano Walker-7 or the Brooks Addiction Walker are great choices.


A nuetral-cushioned shoe with maximum flexibility is recommended for underpronators. Some good choices are the Asics Gel 4-to-8 or the Saucony Progrid Stabil LE 4.

For more great brand recommendations for the best walking shoes for pronators, visit this page I created that has a list of the best best walking shoes recommended by the pros.

Best of luck to you and happy walking!

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Best shoe for rollover

by Barbara
(Leesburg, Ga)

I am having lots of problems out of my left leg right above my ankle. It hurts really bad when walking (for exercise). I have noticed that my foot rolls to the outside when walking. I need to see what sneaker is the best for this type of situation.
Thanks for your help.

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It sounds like overpronation, also known as supination, but here's a quick test to find out for sure.

Take a look at the shoes youíve been walking in. Turn them over and examine the wear pattern.

Itís normal for the outside border of the heel to have some wear.

If the inside area of the heel is more worn than the outside of the heel, you are an overpronator (your feet tend to roll inward too much as you walk).

If the outside of the heel is more worn relative to the inside, you are an underpronator or supinator (your feel roll outward as you walk.)

For this, a neutral-cushioned shoe, with maximum flexibility is recommended. Here are a few great choices:









Asics GEL-Resort - Commit to your fitness routine in the GEL-Resort walking shoe from ASICS. This performance-oriented trainer features a synthetic and mesh upper for breathable protection with an AHAR heel plug for enhanced durability at the point of impact. The GEL cushioning system offers full-length support, while the Ortholite insole provides moisture-wicking comfort. The rubber outsole delivers reliable traction on a variety of terrain.
Saucony Grid Integrity ST - Take in the long view with the energetic Grid Integrity ST walking shoe from Saucony. The full grain leather upper is built with key area stretch zones, increasing fit in the forefoot. Within the midsolet, the support bridge offers torsional stability for a supportive stride. The rearfoot Grid system provides cushion and shock absorption for enhancing every walking routine. The Grid Integrity ST meets the criteria for SADMERC approval.



Happy walking!

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