The foot is made up of about 26 bones, multiple joints, muscles and tendons. It is a complex body part that is unique for every person. One of the most commonly talked about parts of the foot is the arch. The arch is the long tendon that connects the heel and the toes together. It stretches, flexes, and moves as we do on a daily basis. It is one of the most used parts of the foot, and is key to our mobility. Sometimes we are born with excellent arches, other times people are not so lucky. So, what can you do if your arch is lacking?
An arch support is an orthotic device that actually helps to brace the bottom of the foot and hold the arch up and in place. They are usually made of flexible plastic and are molded custom to your foot. In order to get a custom fit, the podiatrist will take a cast of your foot. Once the cast is complete and set, they will start making the orthotic. After it is mostly complete, they will try it onto your foot and adjust accordingly. After that you have yourself your very own arch support.
Arch supports are meant to be worn with shoes. Due to modern advancement, these arch supports can be worn with virtually any type of shoe, including high heels, flip flops, and flats. Ideally, you want to wear proper fitting shoes, such as a sneaker, but if the occasion calls for a different kind of shoe, your feet will not suffer as much because of it.
Who needs arch support?
People with flat feet, weak arches, fallen arches, or who suffer from overpronation tend to be the best candidates for arch support. Some athletes also use arch support to help prevent future arch injuries due to their activity levels.
How do I get an Arch Support?
If you need an arch support or want to discuss how they work, it is important to see a podiatrist. Dr. Lawrence J. Kales of Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle in Nature Coast, Florida can help you determine the best type of arch support for your aching feet. Call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let your arches become your arch enemy.