The human body is a funny thing. What causes you pain in one area of your body may not even trace back to that area of the body. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the signals your body sends you. Sometimes, your body may be showing signs that you need some orthotics for your shoes in the way of arch support. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may need some arch support or even something more extensive, take a look at some of the signs below to see if they apply.
Stand in front of a mirror with your legs straightened, hands at your side. Do your knees seem to almost meet in the middle or are your legs actually forming a basically straight line? When your arches are weak, it causes the feet to tip inward. This may be a bit hard to see at first. However, the legs are long enough to make it almost impossible not to notice the tendency for the knees to aim inward rather than keeping the legs in a straight line.
No Gap between Floor and Foot
Another way to see if you need arch support is to assess the gap between the floor and the foot. Naturally, people of different ages and sizes are going to have different-sized gaps. Check to see if you can fit even a finger between the arch and the floor. In some cases, you may actually be able to see the arch touching the floor. If the arch seems collapsed, it may be an indication that arch support is needed.
The arch of the foot offers some support to keep the ankles and knees aligned. When that support fails, it puts a burden on the ankles because they are dealing with more pressure in one area than another. The ankles sometimes feel as if they are weak, making it difficult to do things like jump and land.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you might try putting an insole with arch support in your shoes. For the best possible results, visit a professional and have an insole specially made to fit your foot. Otherwise, you may want to start with a generic insole with arch support to see if that helps or to tide you over until you can have one customized to fit your foot. For more information, you might want to check out the site for Millcroft Orthotic.