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Fallen Arches

A person with fallen arches (flat feet) has low foot arches or no arches at all.

Feet are very variable in shape within and between ethnic groups as well as in populations generally. There is not a normal profile but a wide variation with people with foot profiles at the extremes being very high arched or very low arched, with most people somewhere nearer the middle. What will dictate the general profile of a foot is the bony shape and the soft tissue support.

The first thing to say about flat feet and fallen arches is that they are not medical terms and therefore have different meaning to different people. Therefore this question is not as easy as it first might seem.

There are a few simple ways to assess your foot type, and most include making an imprint of your footprint.
The classic way is to stand on a hard floor surface with wet feet to make a wet foot print. Look at the narrowest part of your footprint, which should be between your heel and ball of your foot.

If the print of your foot in this part is:

  • >10% of the width of the widest part then you are likely to have high arches
  • <10% but less than 25% then your foot profile is probably normal
  • <25% or even the widest part, then you have flat feet

Next you will need to assess which type of flat foot you have.

Read more about the common types of Flat Feet on our Healthystep blog:

Put simply - insoles will help.

Combined with foot strengthening exercises, our range of prefabricated insoles will help alleviate pain and discomfort. The Standard X-Line is a good place to start.

If you are on your feet all day, the PressurePerfect is an ideal choice. As time goes on and you get used to wearing insoles, moving up to the X-Line RIF or even the X-Line TPD may be possible.




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