Identifying Your Arch Type
Understanding your foot arch type is useful for both identifying injury risk and knowing what type of shoes will work best with your feet. There are a couple of different ways to go about identifying your foot structure. One is to simply examine the bottom of your shoes. The wear pattern can be an indication as to what kind of arch style your feet feature. Excessive wear on the outside edge often correlates with high arches, while excessive wear on the inside edge usually is found with low arches. An even wear pattern on the soles normally indicates a moderate arch height.
Another way to tell which arch style you possess is to take “the wet test.” This is performed barefoot with the use of a flattened brown paper bag and a shallow pan of water. Get the bottom of your foot wet and then take a normal step onto the bag. If the print looks like a wide, flat foot, your arches are low. Conversely, if you see only the forefoot and the heel, or if they are connected only by a thin line, you likely have high arches. If you are looking at the front and back connected by a strip about half the width of the foot, then you have moderate arches.
The main issue when it comes to arches is the role they play in pronation. Pronation is a natural rolling process of the foot with every step. It starts with the heel strike and extends throughout the entire process. With a normal gait, the foot rolls about 15% during the course of the pronation process. Overpronation and supination (under-pronation) increase the risk of various foot problems.
Treatment for Foot Arch Issues in Ebensburg, PA
If an arch abnormality is creating foot pain or impairing their functionality, Premier Podiatry Group, P.C. is ready to help. Our professional staff has the expertise and skill necessary to address issues that stem from both high and low arches, so let us create a treatment plan that puts your pain behind you today. Call our Ebensburg, PA podiatrist office at (814) 472-2660 or schedule your appointment online today.