Different Types of Foot Arches: Which is Yours?

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The arch is the curved part of the middle of the foot. Its shape is maintained by the plantar fascia, a connective tissue band which runs from the heel to the forefoot. Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, usually due to over-pronation of flat teet, causes Plantar Fasciitis, a condition that can create pain and strain in the arch and the heel. If left untreated, bony protrusion (heel spurs) may develop on the heel. Know which type of arch you have so that you can better fit your foot. We're here to help!
  • Normal Arches: Normal arches are medium arches. While walking, these feet naturally land on the outside of their heels and then roll inward slightly, or pronate, to absorb shock. Your feet are always on the go and will greatly benefit from some extra cushioning, shock absorption and support.

  • High Arches: High arches can be flexible or rigid. Flexible high arches over-pronate, which means the foot rolls inward too much while walking. Rigid high arches under-pronate and do not absorb shock effectively. The good news is that the double or triple depth orthotic inserts in our therapeutic shoes can help fill in your arch cavity to disperse the shock, and provide the cushioning and alignment needed for you to prevent injuries and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • Flat Arches: Flat arches, also known as flat feet, are low and overly flexible. They flatten and roll inward too much. The good news is that the right footwear and foot orthotics can help you achieve proper body alignment, prevent injuries and stay healthy, happy, and active.

Arches that are not normal will not pronate properly. Flexible arches -both high and flat - can be comforted by the right foot supports and the perfect fitting shoe. Shoes should support all of your foot. Custom orthotics prescribed by your podiatrist, as well as the custom fit offered by the removable inserts in our therapeutic shoes at ICS will help to cradle the arches, soothe plantar fasciitis, absorb shock, and prevent pain in the legs and lower back.

Give us a call and let us match your lifestyle to your foot condition and find the right shoe for your type of foot arch. We’re experts at helping you to find the perfect fit. There is a shoe for you!

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