Everything You Need to Know About High Arched Feet
Published: August 27, 2019
Last modified: October 25, 2019
Most people are aware a flat foot has its mechanical flaws, but less people know a high arched foot has its cons too. A foot with a high arch is a common structural abnormality that results in increased pressures on the heel and the ball of the foot.
This foot type is characterized by a degree of rigidity in the joints and limited pronation during gait. Pronation is the inward rolling of the ankles towards the arches of the foot and although too much pronation leads to complications, lack of it results in poor shock absorption and therefore, immense amounts of stress on your ankles and lower leg. In other words, your feet require a certain amount of pronation to absorb the force exerted on the them when making contact with the ground to then use this ground reaction force to help you propel forward.
Due to the limitations described above, a high arched foot has an increased risk of the following pathologies:
- Ankle sprains
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain, arch pain)
- Callus and corns
- Clawed digits
- Metatarsalgia (pain at the ball of the foot)
The good news is the right footwear choices and a well-fitted custom foot orthotics can do a great deal in relieving pain and discomfort as well as improve overall foot function.
When choosing footwear for a high arched foot, look for shoes that provide adequate cushioning and shock absorption. A contoured footbed/arch support as well as a sole made of a dense foam will likely do the trick.
Over the counter insoles may also help to redistribute the pressures along the bottoms of your feet as well as provide extra cushioning.
Special additions such as heel cushions, arch pads, offloading pads, shock absorbing top layers, and postings may be added as needed and as recommended by the prescribing health care professional.
With custom foot orthotics, you are guaranteed a functional device that is uniquely made for your foot.
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