How do I know if I need increased arch support?

Biocorrect, LLC


The answer to this question can vary from person to person. In general, figuring out if you need arch support comes down to finding out if you have low or high arches. 

Both of these issues are common ones. Low arches are also called flat feet, and one medical study reports that nearly 27% of the people surveyed had flat feet. High arches are nearly as common; medical researchers reveal that up to about 26% of the people surveyed in one study had high arches

A certified pedorthist can help you learn how to tell if you need increased arch support in your shoes. Additionally, these specialists can help you find custom orthotics that can help improve arch support

Three signs that help you know if you need increased arch support

There are certain signs that podiatrists and pedorthists look for when they think you might need more arch support. A few of these signs are: 

  • Wet test results — A wet test involves getting your bare feet wet. Then, you stand on a piece of paper or cardboard, which leaves an impression of your feet behind. It’s then possible to see how much of your foot is touching the ground. If too much or too little of your foot is touching the ground, you may have flat feet or high arches, respectively. 

  • Sore feet in the morning — Another sign that you might need arch support is having sore feet in the morning. The plantar fascia is a weblike piece of connective tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. Arch problems can cause inflammation in this structure, which is called plantar fasciitis. Commonly, this condition causes the feet to feel stiff and sore during your first few steps of the day. 

  • Tread wear on your shoes — Your feet tend to roll inward more as you walk or run when you have flat feet. If your foot rolls outward too much, it can be a sign of high arches and other foot problems. Looking at the wear on your shoe treads can help you learn if you have low or high arches. 

  • Biocorrect can help you learn if you need increased arch support

    Still not sure if you need increased arch support? Our team of certified pedorthists at Biocorrect can help you determine if you need it. We can test your gait, or how your body moves when you walk or run. Additionally, our specialists will take a foam impression of your feet. 

    This impression can help us learn if you have flat feet or high arches. Then, we’ll use the impression and data we’ve gathered to build you a set of custom orthotics that provide exactly the right level of arch support. 

    Contact us today to sign up for an appointment with one of our pedorthists or check out our online store to see all our products.