You may have heard that high arches are good and assumed you don’t have to worry about foot problems if you have arches that are highly pronounced. But that’s not actually the case. Low arches (aka “flat feet”) may offer less stability, which can result in issues previously discussed, but high arches, for their own reasons, can be equally problematic. Who knew?
Think of it this way: just as you need an adequate foundation and “footings” for a building, you need healthy, well-formed feet to support your body. Arches that are too low or too high can give you trouble over your lifetime. In fact, high arches can be even more susceptible to foot pain than so-called flat feet.
High arches can lead to having too much pressure on other parts of your feet, specifically the heel and metatarsal head or “ball” of your foot. High arches also provide less surface area to absorb impact as you walk, run, and move. And high arched feet are often less flexible, making them more susceptible to heel pain, ball of foot pain and even a condition called plantar fasciitis, which is a painful inflammation of the thick tissue surrounding the heel. It can cause stabbing pain and be chronic if not treated. It’s particularly painful when you first begin to get up and move, with the pain generally decreasing a bit as you continue to move or exercise.
So, what is a high-arched foot owner to do? There are several home remedies said to alleviate the pain, with varying degrees of success. But to get to the root of the problem and correct it with confidence, you’ll need a pair of custom orthotics designed to help your feet function in a better biomechanical manner. The orthotics not only support your feet but make them healthier over time and alleviate their constant stress which will in turn alleviate your pain. Remember, though, that the pain didn’t develop overnight, and your custom orthotics may take a bit of time to work in terms of alleviating your pain. To quote one of our customers:
“I worried initially that I had wasted my money, as the orthotics seemed to have no positive effect. After a couple of weeks, however, my opinion changed. Most significantly, the elimination of knee and hip pain as well as my foot pain. I wasn’t expecting that. Thank you!”
Just how do orthotics work when it comes to high arches? First, they support your foot in a way that allows equal distribution of the pressure of your body weight, so the entire foot is working better to support your body. By supporting proper alignment, it controls overpronation, a condition during which the arch collapses, the midfoot bones can go out of alignment, and the foot and ankle may roll inward. Overpronation can cause pain not only in your feet, but also in your knees, hips, and lower back.
Custom orthotics also provide better metatarsal support, alleviating ball-of-foot pain and giving you better shock absorption, which is the job of the arch in the first place.
Remember that feet are the “root” of the physical body, just as tree roots support the tree. So, get healthier from the ground, up! If your feet aren’t happy … nothing is happy. Let us help you put your best foot forward today making sure they are healthy and happy at the WalkEZStore.com.