What would you do with a pair of perfect feet? Uum, wait, there is such a thing as perfect feet? Or what would I do? The usual, walk in them or whatever else you do with feet. Neutral foot…sigh. Only a measly 20% of the world’s population has this while the rest of the masses have to make do with their less-than-perfect arches. But that shouldn’t be a problem, right? There are more serious things to complain about than a pair of imperfect arches and especially when insole do exist to solve this problem.
So, what is the fuss about arches? Well, a neutral arch distributes pressure and weight almost evenly so that no part of the foot is too burdened when you walk, run, or stand for too long. A high arch, on the other hand, is a whole different story. The imprint of high arches show weight being borne by the ball of the foot and the heel. Very little pressure and shock, if any, are felt by the arch. This pressure causes these two areas soreness that can at times be too much on a shoe wearer.
How do you ease this soreness? Well, soaking your feet in hot water with Epson salts feels great, the relief only lasts so long. The better plan is to prevent this pain from repeatedly ruining your days, which is how insoles and orthotics help.
It is all fun talking about arches and the kind of support they need, but do you know your type? It’s quite simple, as you will see.
The best way to do this at home is conduct what is known as a wet test.
A high arch is characterized by a high medial longitudinal arch that you shows up at an early age and becomes more announced as one grows older. This arch makes it a little harder for the foot to absorb shock as weight is not evenly distributed, and so much of that pressure is felt by the ball of the foot and the heel when one walks or runs. What causes high arch, also scientifically known as pes cavus? It could either be hereditary or idiopathic. There is nothing you can do to change the condition other than find the right insoles to support your arch.
Arches take a while to develop – only after a child is 3, and so most babies are flat-footed. The longitudinal arches are completely lost when one is flat-footed, a condition caused by the damage of nerves on tendons. In some people, arches simply never develop since childhood, and so they grow up flat-footed.
The good news is that, unlike pes cavus, most people only notice foot pain after intensive physical activity. The only solution to this condition is wearing insoles for flat feet.
Is there much to say for this arch apart from the fact that it is perfect and almost rare? Lucky person, if this is your arch is neutral. Let’s also just that the people in this category don’t really need insole support other than the cushy feel it gives the feet.
Other than heel and ball-of-the-foot pain, high arches cause more agony to a shoe wearer. They cause ankle instability, bunions, plantar fasciitis due to consistent tearing, callouses on the heel, as well as foot rigidity. These are all quite painful and so the issue needs to be addressed before flat-foot progresses to this level.
The first thing you want to do is find ample support for your arch with the right insoles. Most aftermarket soles do not provide the kind of support your arches need, and so reinforcements are always welcome. If a normal insole will not work as well as you wish, it could be time to check out customized orthotics. Sandal wearers are not left behind too as you will find orthotic sandals on the market. There are orthotic slippers too for ample support for the arches when you relax at home.
Looking for the ideal pair of high-arch support insoles? These features are a must-have, right after ample heel and ball-of-foot padding.
Sufficient Cushioning – More cushioning will certainly provide more comfort for your foot, and the weight will distribute a little more evenly. The heel and ball-of-foot will certainly be relieved, but this also means the insole will be bulkier. Small sacrifice?
Support – you don’t need the arch of your insole to be flexible in any way as this would prevent it from having the right rigid arch support. It will feel a little too stiff when you start wearing it, but you will get used to this over time. Plus the relief will be totally worth it.
Length of insole – The ideal picture is to invest in a full-length insole that replaces the existing one for ample support. 3/4-length insoles won’t cover both the ball-of-foot and heel.
Can you buy high-arch insoles online or over-the-counter? Of course you can as long as you are sure of your arch type and have the right shoe size.
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