Good Housekeeping - Dr. Louis Galli: “Take Care of Your Feet”
Your first move for flat feet that hurt: Choose more supportive shoes (those with a stiffer shank that don't bend in the middle). You could also try inserts or orthotics. If you do want to try inserts, start with a drugstore brand, and ease into them, suggests podiatrist Louis C. Galli, D.P.M, a clinical instructor in the department of orthopedics at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Learn more.