The arch is perhaps the most important structural feature of our feet, which bear 200,000 to 300,000 lbs. of stress each mile we walk.
Foot arches absorb the brunt of the pressure our bodies thrust upon the ground with each stride, and subsequently, arch heights vary significantly from person to person.
Your foot arch also changes with age, or as the result of various medical conditions.
Not properly supporting the arch can prevent a variety of musculoskeletal problems that can lead to inactivity and even disability.
Types of arches
People with little or no arch can usually observe this by standing in bare feet in front of a mirror—a low arch should be obvious if the sole of your foot rests entirely or almost entirely on the floor.
If you’re unsure of the shape of your foot relative to what is considered normal, try this simple test:
Dip the bottom of your foot in the water, and take a normal stride over a surface where you’ll be able to make out the footprint left behind.
Flat feet with low arches will have little curve from the big toe to the heel, while high to medium arched feet will leave prints with a skinny strip from the heel to the ball of the foot.
Changes in your arch shape
Pregnant women may find that their arches flatten with the added pressure from weight gain.
The American Podiatric Medical Association advises pregnant women to choose COMFORTABLE SHOES with good shock absorption to relieve some of the arch stress, or use an ORTHOTIC INSOLES to add support and cushion.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, people with rheumatoid arthritis may develop a flattened arch, which will require additional support.
Age itself may bring about changes in foot shape through fluid retention, relaxing ligaments, and the effects of gravity and weight over a lifetime
People with low arches may tend to “overpronate,” which means the foot rotates too far inward with each step.
Alternatively, a high arch can cause the foot to roll too far outward, or “underpronate.”
Proper support is important for both types of arches.
Results of pronation
The extreme inward foot motion caused by pronation forces the knee and hip out of alignment.
This movement places added pressure through the knee, shin, thigh, pelvis, and back.
The excessive foot rotation can lead to foot and ankle injuries,.
Achilles tendonitis, heel pain, kneecap inflammation, bunions, shin splints, ailments of the hip and lower back, as well as injury to muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the lower leg.
Proper arch support
Support low or high arches with well-fitting, appropriate footwear, particularly for athletic activities.
This simple step can help prevent the many problems that can result from over or under pronation.
People with low arches should look for shoes classified as “motion control.”
These shoes give added stability on the inside of the foot where the arch tends to collapse, preventing excessive inward rolling.
People with high arches should consider “cushioning” shoes–these shoes have a curved shape that encourages the foot to roll more inward.
Orthotics or shoe inserts
People with especially low or high arches should consider orthotic inserts for pain or discomfort relief.
DTF Co provides a full range of healthy footwear options.
Besides adding comfort and support, studies have shown several benefits of orthotics:
Arch support insoles provide more balance to flat-footed people.
Fewer incidences of the metatarsal (midfoot), tibial (shin), and femoral (thigh) stress fractures.
Reduction in plantar fasciitis pain.
Overall, your feet are strong and resourceful as they keep you going your whole life.
However, being aware of the complexity of the functionality of your feet is necessary.
In order to stay out of pain and retain your overall health.
Understanding Insert terminology:
Let me break down each word ( Heat Moldable Customized Insert) for a better understanding:
Heat: This means that they generate a 2 percent rise in the plantar of your foot (bottom).
This in turns helps create better circulation to your feet, legs, knees, lower back, and beyond
Moldable: this means that our inserts will moldable ( 100 percent) to every part of the plantar of your feet ( bottom).
Creates that perfect fit, support, balance, and comfort to your feet in a concise period of wearing time
Customized: this means our inserts will fit you, in a short period.
As a conforming (that means suited for your foot), and will offload all the necessary support areas.
The DTF Footwear mission is to offer you the highest quality orthopedic/therapeutic shoe on the market, thus creating a perfect fit, optimal support, stable balance, and prolonged energy for your feet.
A quality shoe, designed with extra width and length, and paired with our heat molded, custom inserts will do just that.
With every pair of shoes, your purchase, we provide, up too, THREE FREE pairs of us triple-layer, heat molded, custom inserts.
Remember, when the bottom of your feet hurt – you need the proper support to offload this pain. The only way to do that is through triple-layer, heat-molded, custom inserts.
Your feet hurt or tired, dealing with the top of your feet? Yes, it means that your current shoes are not giving you the proper fit? We can help!
That’s enough to last you one whole year! Visit us today at www.dtfootwear.com