Today we’re going to talk about higharched feet, and this little guy right here shows what a higharched foot looks like. You can see extremely high arch through here. Now some of the problems associated with a high arch are, number one, secondary simply to the fact that these bones here, the metatarsal bones, are angled down so much. So if you have a higharched foot, instead of your bones here, these metatarsal bones being angled like this, they’re angled more like that. And you can see that, you can imagine if they were at 90 degrees how much force there would.
Be under the ball of the foot Well, for every degree these things go up like that, or go down, that increases force under the ball of the foot. So people with higharched feet tend to get a lot of pain under the ball of the foot. The second area they get pain is under the heel for the same reason is that the heel is bearing much more weight than it should. So a high arched foot you’re bearing almost all your weight on the ball of your foot and on the heel and almost nothing in between.
In fact, there was a study out a few years ago that looked at what percentage of people in the United States have foot pain. In general, it’s about 20 of the population at any one time. If you have a higharched foot, it’s upwards of 60. Now the good thing is those problems are fairly easy to treat. What we’re going to do is put something inside your shoe, an orthotic device that transfers pressure off of the heel and off the ball of the foot and gets more pressure through here.
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The problem is if you go out and buy an overthecounter orthotic for this type of foot, it’s just very difficult to find one that matches the arch very well. Most of them have a lot of gap in this area, so they don’t do a particularly good job of transferring pressure. If you go to our website and do a search for higharched feet, you’ll find a list of what we think are the best ones that are currently on the market. But none of them are great. They just.
Don’t really make ones with that high of an arch. It’s primarily financial. If they made it for somebody with that high of an arch, very few people could tolerate it and they just wouldn’t sell enough of them to make it worthwhile to manufacture those. So instead, people with high arches often need a custom orthotic. And this isn’t a great example, because although this matches a little closer than that overthecounter device, there’s still some gap in there. But that device really needs to be made to conform perfectly to the arch of your foot. It’s called the total contact orthotic.
You’re only going to probably find that from a podiatrist that specializes in orthotic therapy and really understands how you need to make an orthotic for higharched feet. So if you’re in our area, make an appointment to see us. If you’re not, go try and find a podiatrist that specializes in orthotic therapy. Now we can take this little pad here and just add that underneath and you get a better idea of how that orthotic really should match the arch of the foot. Now some other problems that you can commonly see with people.
With high arches is there’s a greater tendency to sprain the ankle. And that’s because if you look at this first metatarsal bone on a higharched foot, it usually sits lower down than the others. So when the higharched foot person hits the ground, this hits the ground first under that first metatarsal and will force the foot that direction. Now that can also be corrected with orthotic therapy by using a wedge on that orthotic that supports the foot under the outside to stop that heel from rolling in so much. Finally, patients with higharched feet often get hammer toe problems because.