Many women who are born with flat feet have a difficult time finding the right footwear for day-to-day function. If you're trying to live an active lifestyle, it can become even more frustrating to find the right running shoes for your condition.
Your arches are important because they affect the overall pronation of your foot. Many women who don't find the right shoes for exercise can overpronate, which leads to many foot-related problems, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis and bunions. According to the Livestrong Foundation, the distance you run, degree of terrain and history of foot injuries all contribute to the type of shoe you might need to keep your feet up with your fitness plan.
For an example, if you enjoy hiking or trail running, arch supports and motion control features are excellent at absorbing the shock of those rough surfaces. If you're a fan of the gym and typically like to spend several miles on the treadmill, you can opt for shoes that are more lightweight since machines are equipped with shock absorbtion.
The foundation recommended several shoe brands for flat-footed women who still wanted to live an active lifestyle, including Nike Zoom Structure Triax, New Balance 1224 and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9.