Have you noticed that your feet roll inwards and you have been experiencing foot and leg pain? Did your medical professional recommend that you wear a pair of supportive shoes but you are unsure about what specific models might work best for your feet? If your feet roll inwards and you have been diagnosed with overpronation, certain shoes can support your feet and improve your foot posture and walking gait. Let’s take a look at a list of the best supportive shoes for women whose feet roll inwards.
How Do I Stop my Feet from Rolling Inwards?
In my experience, the most efficient and cost-effective approach is by wearing supportive shoes that help improve foot posture and minimize the impact that the feet take when they come in contact with the ground.
Before and After Images of Women with Feet that Roll Inwards
Let’s take a look at an image of a woman with flat feet and other foot issues standing barefoot. Do you notice how her feet are collapsing and rolling inwards?
Now let’s see what happens when we fit that same woman in a pair of supportive shoes that I recommend. Wow! Her feet are a lot straighter. The shoes below provide supportive outsoles, firm heel counters, and straight lasts that are preventing the feet from collapsing and turning inwards. I will provide you with a link to that specific shoe shortly.
How Do I Know Which Shoes Work Best for Women Whose Feet Roll Inwards?
I work for a shoe store that specializes in helping people with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot conditions such as flat feet or rolled ankles. Nowadays, I help women from all over the world find the perfect pair of shoes for their feet online. I get contacted by many women with foot conditions on a daily basis, so I decided to create this resource to clarify their doubts and hopefully help them find the perfect pair of shoes to improve their foot posture and prevent foot or leg pain.
What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Ideal for Women Whose Feet Roll Inwards?
1️⃣ Shock Absorbent Outsoles
This feature can help prevent your feet from rolling inwards by improving your foot posture and walking gait. In addition, shoes that provide shock absorbent outsoles can help reduce the impact that your feet take every time they come in contact with the ground and relieve the stress on your feet and legs. Let’s take a look at an image that shows two shoes that provide very different levels of support. Do you notice how the shoe on the right has a more substantial and supportive outsole compared to the shoe on the left?
2️⃣ Supportive Heel Counters
This feature can also help improve your foot posture. Shoes that provide firm heel counters with targeted cushion and support right below the heels can also help minimize your heel pain. Let’s take a look at an image that shows the difference in heel support between two different shoes. Do you notice how the shoe on the right image has a firmer heel counter compared to the shoe on the left image?
I suggest that you press on the heel counter of your current shoes to make sure that it feels firm and sturdy.
3️⃣ Rigid Shanks
Most women don’t know what the shank of the shoe is. A shank is a supportive structure that sits between the shoe and runs underneath the arch of the foot and helps support and stabilize the foot. You can check if your current shoes have a rigid shank, you can grab your current shoes and bend them in half. If your shoe does not bend, it passed the rigid shank test. If it does, it is probably best if you move onto the next pair of shoes.
Consequences of Not Supporting Your Feet – Be aware!
If your feet roll inwards and you are diagnosed with overpronation, it’s very important that you do something about it at the earliest. The first step would be to buy a pair of good supportive shoes, otherwise, overpronation could lead to the following foot issues:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Foot rigidity
- Hammer toes and claw toes
- Back and hip pain
- Hammer toes
- Ankle sprain and foot instability
How to avoid all these issues? Just wear the right type of shoes and orthotics (depending on the degree of your foot condition).
You Must Know Your Exact Foot Shape and Length Before Buying Shoes
Several women who visit the shoe store that I work for request to wear a specific shoe size simply because that’s the size they always wore. Your foot shape and size can change over time, and some of the factors that contribute to this change are pregnancy, aging and weight gain or loss. Over time and because of gravity, our feet might get longer and wider.
I suggest that you check if you have a good fitting specialized shoe store that can measure your feet and help you find shoes accordingly.
If you prefer to shop for shoes online and you are unsure about your foot shape I can help you figure it out. You won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online if you don’t know what your foot size is to begin with. If you are unsure of your current foot length and shape, I suggest that you take a look at a free resource I created where I help women determine their exact foot shape and length from home:
Now let’s take a look at a list of the best supportive shoes for women whose feet roll inwards. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
Supportive Shoes for Women Whose Feet Roll Inwards
To get the full benefits that the shoes that I recommend have to offer, you must wear them in the correct size (length and width). I strongly suggest that you take a look at the description below each shoe to find out if it can accommodate your unique foot shape (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide, high instep).
Please note that how effective these shoes will be in improving your foot posture and helping treat and prevent your heel pain directly depends on the degree of your foot condition. Keep in mind that what has worked well for many women might not work as well for others. With that said, the shoes I recommended above are the most supportive ones I have fitted before.
All of the shoes I recommended above are running shoes that can be used for long distance running as well as everyday walking.
Are You Unsure About What Specific Shoe Might Work Best for Your Feet?
If you don’t know what specific shoe might work best for your foot shape or foot condition I suggest that you ask your question in the comments section below or contact me via email:
The Importance of Lacing Your Shoes Correctly
To get the full support and stability that the shoes I recommend have to offer, you must make sure that the shoes are properly laced at all times. I suggest that you apply this specific lacing technique:
Do You Need Orthotics As Well?
This directly depends on the degree of your foot condition and the degree of pain that you are experiencing. I usually recommend women start by trying a pair of supportive shoes first, and if their foot posture doesn’t improve or the pain doesn’t significantly reduces, then try an orthotic.
You should consult with your medical professional about what orthotic might work best for your feet. In the meantime, you can take a look at this resource I created which describes the best orthotics for women with foot pain:
What is the Most Supportive Shoe Brand for Women?
It’s really hard to recommend a specific shoe brand as there are specific shoes among each brand that work a lot better than others. For example, the shoes I recommended above are from the following shoe brands:
- New Balance
This doesn’t mean that all shoes from those shoe brands will work well for your feet. There are certain styles among each brand that are a lot more supportive than others. For example, not all New Balance shoes provide the same levels of support, just certain styles.
If you are experiencing foot or leg pain that is interfering with your daily activities you should speak with your physical therapist as there are techniques such as stretching, taping, massage, and lower leg strengthening exercises to prevent pain.
Let me know in the comments section below if you have found a specific pair of shoes that worked well in helping improve your foot posture and prevent foot or leg pain. I am sure other women will benefit from learning about your experiences.