March 15, 2018

High Arches Explained

Everyone complains about their "dogs" occasionally.  But for people who are on their feet most of the day, any type of foot problem is a serious one. It's hard to concentrate on your job or your family when your feet hurt. You may take every opportunity to kick off your shoes and rub the soles of your feet (which can be embarrassing if the boss wanders by). Foot pain has many causes, but for some, the pain can stem from having high arches.

High Arches Explained

What Are High Arches?

While there’s no standard measurement to indicate whether your arches should be deemed “high,” you are said to have high arches if you have significant height at the arch of your feet. When you walk barefoot in the sand, your tracks may show only your heel and ball of your foot, with little to no imprint in the middle.

Causes of High Arches

The shape of your feet is determined, for the most part, by genes. People with high arches may feel that their feet are abnormal, but that’s simply not true — everyone’s feet are unique, whether their arches are flat, high or somewhere in between.  It’s important to note, however, that high arched feet can also be caused by a variety of neurological conditions, like spina bifida and cerebral palsy.

High Arches Explained

Symptoms of High Arches

As with most foot issues, symptoms can vary. If you have high arches, you may find physical activity painful. High-arched feet often tend to be more rigid and less flexible, which often leads people to seek out extra cushioning in insoles and footwear. People with high arches may have trouble finding footwear that fits well and often experience excess friction or pressure at the instep of the foot.

Superfeet Help for High Arches

High-arched feet (and the person attached to them!) can benefit from the use of supportive orthotic shoe inserts, like Superfeet. Our signature shape provides cushioning, support and structure in the heel and foot, distributing weight in your shoe and keeping your feet as comfortable as possible. When shoe shopping, look for supportive, comfortable shoes that are built to move with you. It’s a good idea to wear footwear with a flexible upper, to relieve excess pressure on your instep.

Which Superfeet will work best for High Arches?

To find the right Superfeet, start with your shoes. What type of shoes are you wearing? What you are doing in those shoes? We think you deserve to experience the I-never-knew-my-feet-could-feel-this-good benefits of the Superfeet shape in all your footwear. That’s why we make insoles for casual and dress shoesinsoles for high heelsinsoles for hikersinsoles for running shoesinsoles for snow sportsinsoles for skates, and more.