Well, it is quite hard to be flat-footed as it seems that I cannot last a long run. Let us have some fun. It is time for you to see if you are just like me, flat-footed. Here is a “Wet Test” that I have found online from this site: http://www.runnersworld.com/running-shoes/take-wet-test-learn-your-foot-type
- Pour a thin layer of water into a shallow pan
- Wet the sole of your foot.
- Step onto a shopping bag or a blank piece of heavy paper.
- Step off and look down
Observe the shape of your foot and match it with one of the foot types at the bottom of the page. Although other variables (such as your weight, biomechanics, weekly mileage, and fit preferences) come into play, knowing your foot type is the first step toward finding the right shoe for you.
Normal (medium) Arch
If you see about half of your arch, you have the most common foot type and are considered a normal pronator. Contrary to popular belief, pronation is a good thing. When the arch collapses inward, this “pronation” absorbs shock. As a normal pronator, you can wear just about any shoe, but may be best suited to a stability shoe that provides moderate arch support (or medial stability). Lightweight runners with normal arches may prefer neutral-cushioned shoes without any added support, or even a performance-training shoe that offers some support but less heft, for a faster feel.
Flat (low) Arch
If you see almost your entire footprint, you have a flat foot, which means you’re probably an overpronator. That is, a micro-second after footstrike, your arch collapses inward too much, resulting in excessive foot motion and increasing your risk of injuries. You need either stability shoes, which employ devices such as dual-density midsoles and supportive “posts” to reduce pronation and are best for mild to moderate overpronators, or motion-control shoes, which have firmer support devices and are best for severe overpronators, as well as tall, heavy (over 165 pounds), or bow-legged runners.
If you see just your heel, the ball of your foot, and a thin line on the outside of your foot, you have a high arch, the least common foot type. This means you’re likely an underpronator, or supinator, which can result in too much shock traveling up your legs, since your arch doesn’t collapse enough to absorb it. Underpronators are best suited to neutral-cushioned shoes because they need a softer midsole to encourage pronation. It’s vital that an underpronator’s shoes have no added stability devices to reduce or control pronation, the way a stability or motion-control shoe would.
Hey, not because you are flat footed, you cannot enjoy a specific type of sport I mean it is not a disadvantage really, (well, it is if you will have to run) and in Muay-Thai or MMA, it can be your advantage. I found a blog here is states that being flat footed is an advantage, (again, it will be a disadvantage if you are fighting a fighter like Floyd Mayweather who loves to run J ) Check this blog here: http://oldstylemuaythai.blogspot.com/2010/03/why-you-need-to-fight-flat-footed.html
Here is an excerpt from the above mentioned blog:
The Flat Footed Advantage
When you stay on the balls of your feet to fight you lose power.
Although you’ll have speed and quickness you won’t have the force to take someone out in a street-fight.
Staying on the balls of your feet will only engage the front quads of your legs and the calf muscles of the lower legs.
This may be fine when boxing or sparring in the ring to score points and win rounds, but it can be a bad tactic in a street-fight.
By having your feet flat on the ground you distribute the weight evenly across them.
Your glutes and hamstrings along with your quads and calfs get activated and engage your whole posterior chain giving you more power in your punch.
Fighting flat-footed helps to root you to the ground, and makes you more stable and balanced.
You’ll be able to generate more ground force which translates to more powerful punches.
Also you’ll be able to shift and change direction very quickly and solidly.
And one more thing, you’ll be able to absorb more impact from your adversary.
Something to Think About
How much force can you produce on your toes? I bet not as much as you can flat-footed.
Don’t believe me, here is a way to find out:
Dead lift your full bodyweight flat-footed on an Olympic bar, now do the same on your toes or the balls of your feet.
Which one was easier to do?
Which one was more stable?
Which one was able to generate more force?
Now walk around with that same weight across your shoulders flat-footed and then on your toes, which one feels stronger?
And finally squat with that same weight again flat-footed and then on your toes, which one produces more ground force?
You’ll instantly see why being flat-footed produces more force, more muscles are being used.
And let’s not forget, better balance, coordination and stability when moving and striking.
This all translates as an advantage in a street-fight.
Okay okay okay, you want a solution from that kind of foot problem, eh? Then use an ankle support or ankle wrap. I normally use ankle wrap on my right foot as when you are executing Muay Thai cross or straight punch, you need to be in a Muay Thai stance wherein you feet should be shoulder width apart with your left foot a half a step forward if you are right-handed. It leaves your right foot almost tip toeing which is quite uncomfortable if you are flat-footed. You want to learn more about Muay Thai? Well, maybe it is better for you if you will start reading about it and a good source of information I must say is this site: http://muaythaipros.com/
Warning! Please do not execute any Muay Thai forms or stances without the guidance of a Kru or a Professional Kick-Boxing coach. The site I provided is for a reading purpose only. I am not held liable to any accident you might encounter if you will do any stance 😛