What Kinds of Arch Types Are There?
Generally speaking, arches can fall into three broad categories:
This is the most ideal form that the arch can take and what would be most considered “normal.” It is the most biomechanically efficient form, but that does not necessarily mean that it isn’t susceptible to common foot problems like heel pain or forefoot discomfort.
Also known as “flat feet,” the arch rides low to the ground. In many cases, the arch remains flexible, but it can sometimes be rigid. People with low arches tend to be at greater risk for conditions such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, and various other forms of heel pain.
Also known as cavus foot, high arches tend to be a more rigid and less flexible condition than the other two. Instead of the foot having proper surface area for absorbing the impacts of running and walking, much more of the stress is absorbed by the heel and forefoot.