The Importance of Arches
Arches are a vitally important structural feature of our feet because they absorb the bulk of the significant pressure our bodies create when we walk or run.
Many people, young and old, flexible and inflexible are affected by conditions linked to arches. Some people ‘over-pronate’ leading to the foot rotating too far inwards, whilst others may ‘supinate’ when the foot rolls too far outward.
Both positions can affect body alignment and lead to pain or discomfort in the feet and surrounding joints, including knees, hips and the back.
Age, weight and life-stage conditions like pregnancy may also cause flattening of the arches which in turn puts painful pressure on the soles and sides of the feet.
In all the above cases, orthotics which can provide proper support for the arches are essential in order to minimise pain and maximise mobility.