The Importance of Arches
Arches are a crucial structural feature of the feet because they have to absorb the bulk of the immense pressure the body creates during walking and running.
Many people, of all ages and flexibility, are affected by arch-linked conditions. Some people ‘supinate’ where the foot rolls too far outwards, others ‘over-pronate’ causing the foot to turn too far inwards.
Because both positions affect body alignment, they can result in pain and discomfort in the feet and other joints like knees, hips and spine.
Weight, age and even conditions like pregnancy can lead to flattening of the arches which often creates intense, painful pressure on the sides and soles of the feet.
In the examples above, proper arch support, in the form of orthotics, is essential in order to reduce pain and increase mobility.