The arches are a natural structure in our feet that help provide support while enabling forward-and-back and side-to-side motion. While most people have medium arches, it is still quite common to have either high or low arches. In fact, it is estimated that 26% of the population is estimated to have low arches, with arches possibly being even more common.
However, just because you have high or low arches doesn’t mean it’s painful or problematic. Many people can have arch abnormalities and other issues affecting the feet without knowing it. However, for other people, a wide range of problems including pain, injury and limited mobility can be traced back to needing increased arch support.
Indicators that you may need arch support
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with high or low arches or not, here are some key signs that can help you know if you need arch support:
- Frequently sore feet and ankles — If you spend a lot of time on your feet or are physically active, there’s a limit to how sore your feet should get. Excessive soreness could be a sign that your feet are working harder than they need to due to arch abnormalities.
- Signs of wear on your shoes — If you have uneven wear on the inside or outside of your shoes, it could be a sign of a mechanical issue in your feet due to high or low arches.
- Store-bought insoles don’t help — Many people who see the first two signs listed above may first turn to mass-market insoles that are sold at retail locations. While these lower-cost options may purport to provide arch support, they are generally made from lower-quality materials and provide only the most basic level of support that can often inhibit, not promote, natural foot mechanics.
In these situations, higher-quality arch support provided by custom orthotic insoles may be the right option for you.
Biocorrect custom foot orthotics provide lasting arch support
Whether you come to our office or you get fitted from the comfort of home with our at-home moldable foam impression kit, Biocorrect offers fully custom orthotic insoles that can provide you with the lasting support you need. Proper arch support can help you stay comfortable throughout the day and make you less prone to injury. To learn more and order your insoles today, visit our online store.