Words by Dina Gohil (DG Podiatrist)
Every one has a unique foot type and because of this shoe fit can vary according to the unique shape of our arch. Commonly you may have heard of flat arches and people who have these, may require insoles for support. Having a flat arch is a deformity where the postural nature of the foot collapses and is, or can be near the ground when standing otherwise known as ‘pes planus’.
With high arches the reverse happens, ground contact is not achieved and an arch profile can be seen other wise known as ‘pes cavas’. In some cases, high arches can cause pain, therefore support may be required to enable the foot to function in a proper manner and alleviate symptoms. Of course this is not necessary for the majority of the population. Based on this finding shoes that fit our feet perfectly can be challenging but knowing what to look for can help.
FOR PEOPLE WITH HIGH ARCHES
For people that have high arches, finding a shoe with ample arch support can be tricky but worth while to look out for. To check for arch support, have a feel inside of the shoe, in some shoes you will feel a raised aspect in the middle and in others they may not have this meaning there is not support. If you find it hard to find shoes with arch support it would be worth while to look for shoes that provide a mid foot and ankle support, whether that be via laces, straps or velcro. You will find this the most comfortable.
FOR PEOPLE WITH FLAT ARCHES
The same can be applied for individuals that have flat arches, however if you do find shoes that have a good arch profile to start with they may feel uncomfortable but ultimately, they will be beneficial in providing the stability required to enable proper foot function.
A really good pair of shoes will feel great as soon as you place your foot inside. The sole of your foot will touch the entire aspect of the shoe and feel like it is being hugged. Think about your most beloved shoe and how it feels, you may have not realised it, but it may have all the above. Happy shoe shopping!
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