It's pretty easy to tell if you are a victim of flat feet. But how do you know if your arch is high? If you are an athlete, you will find yourself suffering from shin splints, middle foot pain and other sports injuries. However, if you aren't running a 5k every day, the clues might not be so clear.
High arches are an abnormality in the structure of the foot in which the arch (middle) of the foot is higher than it should be. The cause is either inborn, due to the natural bone structure of the foot (orthopedic), or due to a neurological condition / nerve damage. This problem can cause pain because all of the bodily strain is put upon the heel and toe areas of the feet. Other symptoms include shortened foot length and difficulty fitting and wearing (some) shoes.
Unlike flat feet, action is necessary to avoid a progressive, worsening condition that can cause severe pain from simple actions such as walking in the later years of life. Arch support is needed, and there are two ways to achieve this: orthopedic shoes or high arch orthopedic insoles. Here at Best Insoles, we offer both! Additionally, we can help you with customized insoles so you can get the exact support you need.
So, what's the easiest way to test for high arches? Seeing an orthopedic specialist for a diagnosis is expensive, but don't start to panic! There are other ways to tell. My recommendation would be to find the best shop in town to buy running shoes. Employees at most specialty running stores are trained to spot abnormalities by watching the gait and walk, as well as by simply looking at the foot. If you live in a small town or are having trouble locating a shoe store that will do the trick, you can do a quick test by standing normally on floor and having a friend or companion look closely at the inside of the foot. Is there any room between the floor and the bottom inside of your foot? If so, is it more than just a slight gap? Answer yes to both of these, and you probably have high arches. Another at-home test is to wet the foot, and then step firmly yet normally onto a paper towel. If only the toes, ball and heel are apparent, you have high arches.