9 Best Insoles for Flat Feet, According to Experts in 2024

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  • Available sizes: US 5 to 12

Best Thin Option: Samurai Insoles Arch Support Shoe Insoles

Samurai Insoles Arch Support Shoe Insoles

  • Pros: Lightweight, flexible
  • Cons: Not a good option if you want more cushioning

Designed by a podiatrist dealing with his own foot pain, this insole from Samurai is made to reduce the discomfort that results from both flat feet and plantar fasciitis. It has a slightly flexible, responsive orthotic core built into the midfoot and heel, which allows it to both bend with your foot and prevent it from rolling inward. This insole is a little thinner than the other options on our list, so it’s a good pick if you want something that won’t add a ton of bulk to footwear like dress shoes.

  • Available sizes: US 6–6.5 to 13–13.5

Best Stiff Option: Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx Support Insoles

Powerstep Pinnacle Maxx Support Insoles

  • Pros: Sturdy and stabilizing, odor-controlling top layer
  • Cons: May be too thick and rigid for some

The Pinnacle Maxx Support insole from Powerstep is seriously sturdy—it has a firm, mid-height arch and a deep, angled heel cup that’s meant to prevent your foot from slipping around or rolling inward. It’s still comfortable and cushioned, so you can wear it in your everyday shoes without concern.

  • Available sizes: US 5–5.5 to 12

So, do you really need insoles if you have flat feet?

Now that we’ve taken a closer look at some of the best insoles on the market, here’s a little more info you should know before picking up a pair of your own. For most people, having flat feet isn’t a major problem, Dr. Lobkova says. That said, if you sit or stand for long periods of time, flat feet can contribute to pain in your hips, knees, and arches. They may also increase your likelihood of developing calluses, as the inside of your foot has a greater tendency to rub and chafe against your shoes. And flat feet can cause your ankles and lower legs to roll inward, which can lead to knee pain and shin splints (especially if you’re a runner). If you deal with any of these discomforts, a shoe insert could help provide more support and stability—and hopefully relieve some of your pain, Alissa Kuizinas, DPM, a podiatrist at Wellness in Motion Boston, tells SELF.

What should you look for in an insole?

Most of our picks featured above have a few important design elements in common, which you can keep in mind while you shop for your own insoles. For one thing, a full-length over-the-counter (OTC) insole should have a heel cup that sits directly under your heel and is deep enough to hug the sides of it, Dr. Sims says. That snug fit will help keep your foot stable and supported, he explains.

For further stability, look for a stiff insole, says Dr. Sims. He cautions against those that advertise a lot of cushioning, because the more rigid the insole, the more supportive it’ll be. Here’s an easy test: If you can bend an insole at various points, or even roll it up, it’s likely too soft. That means it may actually contribute to foot and ankle instability instead of managing it.

Beyond that, the right insole choice comes down to what makes your feet feel better—and that may mean testing out a few pairs (like the ones we recommended above) before you find the best option. If you discover your foot pain doesn’t get better with an OTC insole or other at-home treatments, talk with your doctor or podiatrist to see if custom orthotic insoles might be the better choice for your foot health.

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