How to Tell If You Have High Arches? Self Diagnosis

Are you concerned that your best and most expensive athletic shoe wear could not reverse the pain waves you have been facing lately? If you suspect that you might have a high arch, then no need to worry. You can effortlessly diagnose this condition at home. Though that does not mean a visit to an orthopedic or pediatric is unnecessary.

If you are going to self-diagnose your feet, then you should be familiar with the difference in the anatomy of standard and high arches feet. However, there are other easier ways of telling if you have a high arch like wet print and wet towel method.

Read the whole article with full concentration because if you miss something, because  your fears could come true. Well, no I am kidding, just don’t skim through because you want to be sure before you pay a visit to your doctor. Even after a successful visit, your knowledge will help you choose the right shoes. Furthermore, you could feasibly stop the progression of the problem.

Examine the Structure and Anatomy of feet (High arch):

High arches are also called Cavus feet or supinated feet. That is because the center of your feet is more arched than an average person because of which you might feel constant pain. examine your foot movement while walking. Do you have to dig your feet deeper to get a good grip? Is the flat surface not enough to support your weight?

Another prominent indication will be the inward curving of your feet. Are your toes curved inward, and is there less flexibility in metatarsal bones? If yes, this condition is called hammertoes and is one of the symptoms of high arches.

Stand up and move a bit to test the weight distribution in your feet. If the weight and pressure are predominant in the heel and front area, your arch is more domed. Less contact of the arch with the ground means the pain occurs because the middle cannot break the fall of each step. The arch is the essential part responsible for maintaining the dimensions of force concerning the ground.

Division of Arch:

transverse arch

The arch of the feet is divided into three parts: the transverse (middle), inner and outer arch. All the parts counterbalance each other when you place weight on your feet. In the case of the higher angle, the inner and transverse part is more dominant. To understand their roles, let’s dig deeper.

What makes the inner and transfer arch significant over the outer part? 

Only the alignment of the tendons and bones of the feet is not essential. The effect is broader than that. Leg muscles are continued from the hips to the arch, so the whole leg is jarred if you do not use arch supports.

Inner arch and Tibialis posterior: 

Now the inner arch and one of the transverse arch muscles tibialis posterior are interconnected. In Cavus’s foot case, the muscle is pulled too tight so there is more considerable tension. With no flexibility and dragging, your feet are curved inward. The stretching decreases the feet’ lower surface area, resulting in supination and claw feet.

Peroneus longus:  

The other muscle, peroneus longus, begins from the knees’ lateral side, travels through the heels, and ends at metatarsals. Pulling in this muscle can cause extreme pain and instant contortion in shape. It is a pretty thick muscle, so damage to it could be permanent. People with high arches have this muscle shorter than an average foot.

if you are worried then you should know that if your problem is not hereditary there are ways you can solve it. it will take regular exercise and standard procedures and before you know you will be back on your healthy feet!

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