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Foot Arch Types

FLAT FOOT / LOW ARCH

This foot type is generally characterised by a flat foot or very low arch that rolls inwards excessively. The muscles and tendons tend to be relaxed and supple and the foot is able to absorb shock however the excessive motion of the foot may cause implications through the foot and lower limb. Implications can include knee pain and a susceptibility to plantar fasciitis
This foot type is best suited to stability or motion control shoes which have medial support devices.

AVERAGE ARCH

This foot type is characterised by a ‘normal’ arch height which rolls in slightly to absorb shock. Those with ‘normal’ arches generally experience minimal biomechanical issues.
This foot type is best suited to stability shoes which use medial support devices.

HIGH ARCH

This foot type is generally characterised by a high arch and a foot that rolls outward slightly. The muscles and tendons of this foot type tend to be tight and rigid meaning that the foot does not absorb shock well. This lack of shock absorption can cause implications through the foot and lower limb including achilles tendonitis and stress fractures.
This foot type is best suited to neutral cushioned shoes that do not have any stability devices and allow for natural pronation.