Are High Arches Good or Bad? Pro’s and Con’s

If you have a high arch, then you probably already know about it. Over the years, you must have done some research on your feet. It is understandable that deciding if a high arch is a good thing or a bad thing can be complicated. Often it is not even the main point of the argument. Depending on the circumstances, you can quickly be a judge of that!

Let’s clear a misconception first. Foot conditions like the low arch and flat feet are entirely different from a high arch. The probability of people with high arched feet is 20% to 30%. If you are one of those people, you can easily find several small methods that will help you diagnose your high arch. Just look those up on the internet.

Although a visit to a doctor, pediatrician, or a shoe store must have confirmed a high arch, in worst-case scenarios, you might have felt constant pain in the heels and forefront of your feet, which is an accurate indication.

Finding the right shoes is a challenge. However, unfortunately, if you have an inherited high arch, you remain stuck with this problem. That does not mean you cannot cope with it. Read on to find out the advantages and disadvantages of high arches.

Disadvantages (Progression in Condition):

The first thing any source must have told you is that do not let it get worse. Control the high arch! That is an odd thing to ask, but then not so much if you look at the consequences. You can develop advanced foot problems because of “Cavus feet” or “high arches.”

If you are going to read about the conditions, then you should understand the anatomy first. Cavus feet are also called “supinated.” Supination is the rigidity and outward protrusion of your upper heel muscles, which disturbs your feet’ symmetry. It is a significant reason why you feel pain in walking. Excessive pressure on the ball of feet and inward curving of toes deforms your feet’ shape, especially the arch.

Apart from those, if you are not careful, you can also develop:

    • Deformation of your metatarsal or toe bones which leads to hammer feet, also known as “claw feet”.
    • Achilles Tendonitis is muscle-weakening due to excessive pressure on the Achilles tendon.
    • Stress fractures resulting from brittle bones due to uneven pressure waves.
    • You can lose partial control of nerves causing an underlying neurological condition that causes foot dropping and heavier feet.
    • Calluses are skin scaling because of the constant rubbing of skin against surfaces.
    • Pain and inflammation of plantar fascia at the bottom of the feet result in Plantar Fasciitis.

Advantages of High arches:

It might be hard to believe there is a positive aspect to a painful experience, but you will be surprised how it takes a right turn of events. Focus on the brighter side and enjoy the perks of a compromised situation.

“On the other hand, an individual with a high arch is likely to protonate less, depending on how rigid the foot is, and accordingly resupinate more readily. This may explain why an individual with an increased arch may be more successful in sports like soccer, which involves plenty of stops and go maneuvers, cutting and acceleration.”

-Dr. Richie is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Biomechanics at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College.

Do not let the deformity be a boulder on your way to success. You should know that high arched people have the benefit of low chances of over protonating.

Arches are the main areas of the feet that shoulder the pressure. In normal circumstances, your strides are not as long. In high arches with the support of rigid outsoles and thick cushioning midsoles, you benefit from speed and acceleration.

Orthotics product lines like the insoles should be carefully chosen. Because of the high percentage of high arches, an impressive shoe line is available to facilitate your running, hiking, and walking. Choose insoles that provide arch extension, heel cupping, and firm dynamic lacework.

The sudden stop and turning moments in hilly areas will be your new expertise. According to research, athletic people with Cavus feet can make excellent cuts and maneuvers through uneven terrains.

Another good news is that ground transmission forces have nothing to do with the musculoskeletal system of the feet, so it does not matter what arch type you have, you will not be staying behind!

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