Identifying Your Foot Arch Type

December 19, 2023
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Meet Dr. Mirza, a dedicated foot and ankle specialist ready to guide you on a journey toward happy, healthy feet.

If you suffer from foot and ankle pain, it very well could be your shoes. Dr. Mirza stresses the importance of knowing your foot and arch type to reduce the risk of common injuries like heel pain and stress fractures. Properly fitted, supportive shoes aren’t just about comfort; they’re an investment in long-term foot health and pain-free mobility. 

Understanding your foot type – flat feet, high arch, or normal arch, is the first step in choosing the best footwear. Dr. Mirza recommends a visit to your foot and ankle doctor for a personalized arch evaluation and assessment. 

Flat Feet or Low Arch  

  • Little to no arch visible. 
  • The entire sole of the foot may touch the ground.

Best Shoes: 

  • Opt for stability shoes with excellent arch support. 
  • Motion control shoes can help prevent overpronation. 
  • A firm midsole offers additional support. 

Injury Prevention: 

  • Strengthen the arch and calf muscles through specific exercises. 
  • Avoid walking barefoot on hard surfaces. 

Shoes to consider: Brooks Adrenaline GTS, New Balance 860, ASICS Gel-Kayano 

High Arch 

Elevated arch with a narrow band connecting the heel and ball of the foot.

Best Shoes: 

  • Choose cushioned shoes to absorb shock. 
  • Neutral shoes with flexibility are ideal. 
  • Look for extra arch support. 

Injury Prevention: 

  • Focus on flexibility exercises to prevent muscle tightness. 
  • Use insoles if needed to provide additional support. 

Shoes to consider: Hoka One Bondi, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus, Saucony Freedom ISO 

Normal Arch 

A moderate arch that is neither too high nor too low. 

Best Shoes:

  • Stability or neutral shoes are suitable. 
  • Well-cushioned options provide comfort. 
  • Moderate arch support is sufficient. 

Injury Prevention:

  • Ensure proper fitting shoes to maintain natural alignment. 
  • Regularly engage in foot exercises to promote overall health. 

Shoes to consider: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080, Brooks Ghost, ASICS Gel-Nimbus 

 With Dr. Mirza as your guide, discover the path to happy, healthy feet. 

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