What are arches?
If your feet are not completely flat, you have arches. And if you have arches, chances are you have experienced pain that can be described as sharp or dull, and varies among people as a constant, periodic, stress induced, or activity induced. This pain can change over time and even feel different from your left foot to your right.
Arches can be explained as a condition when the area near the sole of the foot is distinctly hollow when bearing weight. Due to this, “weight isn't distributed evenly across your foot, which means an excessive amount of weight is placed on the ball and heel of the foot.” When diving deeper into the anatomy of arches, there are three points which contribute to the triangular shape of an arch. This is made from tarsal and metatarsal bones as well as ligaments and tendons.
How do arches impact the rest of the body?
The posterior tibial tendon is the ligament that goes from the bottom of your calf muscle, inside your leg, and directly to your bones. This interconnection explains why you may experience pain in other parts of your body. Everything is connected in your body and with the feet as your base, all alignment starts there. Arch support promotes balance and alignment starting at your feet and following through the remainder of your body.
Benefits of arch support
On top of improving alignment throughout the whole body, arch support has many benefits. Realignment can help fix the ball of the foot, heel, ankle, knee, hip, and back pain caused by high arches. According to the article, Pain in the Arch of the Foot? What Does It Mean?, plantar fascia is a fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of the feet, connecting the heel to the toes which is caused by repetitive strain injury. Plantar fasciitis is common among athletes especially, so using FitMyFoot custom insoles can prevent injury and help begin the process of healing.
Moreover, athletes must be able to pay attention to their task at hand and be able to react quickly. Arch support will effectively remove muscle tension and allow athletes to spring into action while keeping their eye on the prize. Even for individuals who do not consider themselves to be an athlete, anyone who walks frequently or stands often can experience the frustration that comes with arch pain that draws attention away from work, daily life, family, and friends.
By purchasing FitMyFoot custom footwear, you can reduce pain, increase your balance and stability, all while improving reaction time, focus, and overall well-being!