Posts for tag: high arches
Walking around with high arches might seem like a harmless activity, but in reality it can be causing you a lot of stress. This is because the size and shape of your arch can directly affect the way you walk and move around. Sometimes the shape can make you more mobile while other times it can be slowing you down. People who have high arches tend to have less motion in the joints of the foot.
What does it mean to have less motion?
If you have high arches and have less motion in the foot, it means a couple of different things for you and your choice of footwear. First, it means that when you buy a new pair of shoes you should buy those with more room at the top portion of the foot. Next, it means that, when you walk, your foot typically wears out the outside of your outer soles and flattens out your outer midsole. If you do not replace worn shoes periodically, it can cause pain, suffering and complications of the foot.
People with high arches also have a tendency to suffer from a tight Achilles tendon. This will cause the shoe to become worn at the ball of the foot.
What shoe will benefit me?
If you are going to be on the move with high arches, then you should buy a pair of shoes that will help you dress for success. First, look for a pair of shoes with a higher heel than forefoot area. Make sure the heel is thick and offers enough support when walking. These shoes should also be flexible at the ball of the foot. This type of shoe may decrease the chances of injury from high arches and also can relieve pain.
My shoes aren’t helping, now what?
If your new shoes aren’t helping you stay mobile in a healthy and pain-free manner, consider buying a set of custom-made orthotics. Orthotics can be inserted into a shoe and worn as an everyday medical tool. They can help support the foot and prevent pain and injury from occurring. There are many different types of orthotics available. Soft, semirigid and rigid orthotics are all available and used in different ways. In order to figure out which is right for you, call a podiatrist today. Contact Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. High arches do not have to be your arch enemy. Allow us to help.
Orthotics come in different materials, sizes and shapes depending on the issues you are experiencing. Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC focuses on orthotic shoes that can correct your foot and ankle problems. Once we establish your foot type Alan J. Discont will have a solution.
Three Orthotics that may be right for you:
- Semi-Rigid orthotics are made up of layers that support your steps. The layers are both soft and rigid to create a stable balance. Children with flat foot and in-toeing/out-toeing can benefit from this type of orthotic along with athletes who train hard for their competitions.
- Rigid orthotics are meant for walking and dress shoes to keep your daily activities in check. Your podiatrist will create a mold of your feet and then build a shoe support out of a hard material. This will support your joints in the ankle and improve aches and pains.
- Soft orthotics are mostly used to absorb shock and take pressure off painful areas and will assist with your balance while performing sports and basic daily activity.
Four foot types:
- Supinated feet ~ this isn’t always easy to diagnose on your own so you may need help from a specialist. If the wearing pattern of your shoes is on the outside of the sole then chances are you might be a supinator.
- High arch ~ if your arch is high and your foot print barely touches the floor, you probably have high arches which can cause additional stress on the rest of your feet and ankles.
- Normal foot ~ is just that. Your foot will look the same anyway you land it and leads to the least amount of injury.
- Pronated feet ~ which is called fallen arch or flatfoot. This deformity can lead to a mal-alignment of the ankle and foot and could mean possible long term damage.
Everyone has their own stride that contributes to their overall health. Knowing your feet will help you get the right shoe to ensure you have healthy feet and get where you need to go. If you are trying to figure out your foot type or in need of assistance with foot and ankle pain call our office in Chandler Arizona at 480-732-0033 and schedule an appointment. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC can put you in the right shoe for your stride!