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How to Properly Support Your High Arches

High arches, also known as pes cavus, is a foot condition characterized by an abnormally elevated arch. People with high arches often experience inadequate weight distribution, leading to excessive pressure on certain areas of the foot. This can result in various foot problems, including pain, instability, and a higher risk of injuries.

The Importance of Proper Support

Proper support is crucial for individuals with high arches to maintain foot health and overall well-being. By providing adequate support, you can help distribute weight evenly across your feet, reduce pressure on specific areas, and enhance stability and balance. Additionally, good arch support can help prevent overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot) and alleviate discomfort caused by the high arches.

Arch Support Techniques

Apart from wearing appropriate footwear, incorporating additional arch support techniques can greatly benefit individuals with high arches. Here are the best methods to consider:

1. Custom-made Orthotics

Custom orthotics provide targeted support to your arches, promoting proper alignment and reducing strain on the foot. They are easily inserted into your shoes and offer personalized support based on your specific arch shape and foot mechanics. They are made using a 3D scan of your foot for the best fit and optimal arch support and pain relief.

2. Stretching Exercises

Performing regular stretching exercises can help alleviate muscle tension and improve flexibility in the feet and calves. Here are a few stretches that specifically target the arches:

  • Plantar Fascia Stretch: Stand facing a wall with one foot in front of the other. Place your hands on the wall and bend your front knee, keeping the back knee straight. Lean forward to stretch the calf and the arch of the back foot. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
  • Towel Curl: Sit on a chair with both feet flat on the floor. Place a small towel on the floor in front of you. Using your toes, scrunch the towel toward you, then release it back to its original position. Repeat this exercise for a few sets of 10-15 repetitions.


3. Massage and Rolling

Regularly massaging and rolling your feet can help relieve tension, reduce muscle stiffness, and improve blood circulation. Consider using a tennis ball, golf ball, or a specialized foot roller to roll under your feet, focusing on the arch area. Apply gentle pressure and roll back and forth for a few minutes each day.

4. Strengthening Exercises

Strengthening the muscles in your feet can provide added support to your arches. Here are a few exercises to incorporate into your routine:

  • Toe Curls: Sit on a chair and place your feet flat on the floor. Spread your toes wide apart, then curl them inward, trying to grip the floor. Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat this exercise for several sets of 10-15 repetitions.
  • Marble Pick-Up: Place a small bowl of marbles on the floor. Using your toes, pick up each marble and drop it into another bowl. Aim to pick up and transfer all the marbles from one bowl to the other. This exercise helps strengthen the muscles in your toes and arches.

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