As humans, we are very unique in the sense that for the most part, we are all incredibly different. Whether it’s our eye color, hair color, body type, or favorite food, we are all unique in our own way. Because of this, it’s often important that we buy products or do specific things that fit our own individual needs.
Your feet are no different from having to buy a certain style of jeans or top to accentuate your body type. Each pair of feet is different and has its own quirks and requires us to buy special shoes, inserts, or do certain exercises. With this in mind, it’s important that you know your own arch type.
What is an Arch?
Have you ever worn a pair of shoes that just never seem to fit right? Do you notice at the end of physical activity or walking all day that you experience extreme discomfort? All of these are the result of each pair of feet having a different type of arch.
Your arch is an area along the bottom of the foot between the ball and the heel. There is no universal arch type. In fact, most people either have either a low arch (flat feet), medium arch, or high arch.
Not buying shoes that are made for your type of arch can lead to a multitude of problems ranging from tight calves to back pain.
What Is My Arch Type?
There are a few ways to find out what arch type you have but the best is to visit your Podiatrist or a medical center that scans them. This way, you can know for certain that you are getting the correct inserts or shoes for your arch.
Why Should I Know My Arch Type?
There are a few reasons why you should know your arch type. For starters, the more knowledgable you are about your body, the better. You can also take preventative measures like buying custom inserts and getting rid of old shoes that don’t support your arch types.
Ill-fitting shoes can cause a variety of health problems like:
- Calluses and blisters
- Inflammation, rubbing, and shortening of the Achilles tendon
- Pain in the calf muscle or knee
- Reduced circulation
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ingrown toenails
At the end of the day, knowing more about your body can help prevent unnecessary injuries and conditions. If you are experiencing pain in your legs, hips, or back, you might be due for a visit to the Podiatrist. Or, if you have never had your feet scanned, it’s not too late to start now!