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How to Determine Your Foot Arch Type

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Variety is, as they say, the spice of life. One area where this saying (appropriately) applies is food. Fortunately, dining in Richardson, TX offers a diverse range of options, like Mexican fare from Pappasito’s Cantina, Southeast Asian cooking at Thai Soon, or traditional American dishes from The String Bean. You may not think about this often, but there is also variety when it comes to feet, including the different arch types.

There are basically three inherent arch types that you might have: normal (medium), high, or low (flat feet). Normal is the most biomechanically efficient arch style and is found in about 60% of the population. Low arches can cause issues with excessive pronation and may contribute to plantar fasciitis and heel pain. High arches may cause supination and possibly lead to heel pain and Achilles problems.

Since foot arch types play a role in various conditions that cause pain or discomfort, it is helpful to understand which kind you have. In order to figure out your type, follow these simple steps:

  1. Grab a shallow pan—a cookie sheet with a raised edge works well—and pour a thin layer of water to cover the bottom completely.
  2. Place your pan (or cookie sheet) on the ground.
  3. Place a blank, heavy sheet of paper or a paper shopping bag on the ground in front of the pan.
  4. Step into the water, getting the sole of your foot wet.
  5. Record your wet footprint on the paper or bag by taking a normal step on and off it.

Take a look at the print your foot left on the paper. If you see about half the width of your foot at the midpoint, you likely have normal arches. Should you see a full print, your arches are low. When you only observe a thin line connecting the heel to the ball of the foot—or no connection at all—your arches are high.

When you have either high or low arches, you may experience pain or discomfort in your feet, ankles, knees, and even your hips or back. If this is the case, come in and see us. Richardson Podiatry Associates is proud to serve the Dallas, Plano, and Richardson, TX communities and will help you with any foot condition that causes pain. Call our office at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to request an appointment today.

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