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The Best Tennis Shoes for Flat Feet

author image Leigh Reason
Leigh Reason has almost 20 years of journalism experience, editing and writing for publications such as "Movieline," "Live! Magazine,", FYI Living, and She has written extensively on fitness and nutrition, tennis, wedding planning and etiquette, cooking, restaurants, parenting, pets and gardening. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Skidmore College.
The Best Tennis Shoes for Flat Feet
Arch support is important if you have flat feet. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Flat feet is a condition in which your foot has little to no natural arch. This may be because arches never formed in childhood, or it could be due to illness or injury. Either way, it's important to wear supportive athletic shoes while playing tennis or for any other activity.

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Select tennis shoes and cross-trainers that support side-to-side movements to protect against injury, says Stephen Pribut, DPM, president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. When you lack an arch, it's the side motion -- especially common in tennis -- where you can get injured if you're wearing improper footwear. And since, according to the Sneaker Report, tennis players are often overpronators -- a condition where your foot rolls inward after landing -- look for tennis shoes with extras like side gel cushioning and heel supports that provide impact protection. Ask a knowledgeable salesperson to help you find a shoe that has this kind of support. When trying out shoes, perform the support test: Take the shoe and place the toe on the floor with the heel facing the ceiling. Push down on the heel, and if the shoe bends in the middle, it's not supportive enough.

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