I have flat feet; I was born with it. What it means is that I have non-existent arch in my feet. According to Medical News Today, a human foot has 33 joints, which hold 26 different bones together. It also has over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The arches provide a spring to the step and help to distribute body weight across the feet and legs.

There are no serious implications of flat feet (in my case, and until now). Most common effects of flat feet are discomfort and pain within the ankles and feet, swollen ankles, pain and discomfort in legs, especially when active and knee problems, due to misalignment.

One of the easiest things people with flat feet can do to keep problems and pain at bay is wear the right kind of shoes. These need to be supportive, and ideally with a natural arch. Here are a few sneaker options, all verified by fellow flat feet-ers, that can best support your arch-less feet.

Reebok Classic

Skechers (with memory foam)

FILA Disruptor

Reebok Club C85

Nike Air Force 1