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Do You Need Arch Support if You Have High Arches?

Foot pain is a common problem in people with high arches, but can the pain be reduced with arch supports? Read here to find out.

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By Babafemi Adebajo
Joel Taylor
Edited by Joel Taylor

Updated February 17, 2023.

It can be hard to concentrate on work when your feet hurt, yet foot pain is a common problem many people face, and the risk is higher in people who have high arches. There is no standard way to determine who has high arches due to varied physiology in humans. However, you have high arches if there’s some significant height between your foot arch and the floor when you stand or walk.

Supporting High Arches

If your foot is high arched, it will be less flexible than usual. There is also a lesser surface area that can absorb force transmitted through the foot during walking. This places your knees and ankles under increased pressure and strain as they adapt to maintain proper body mechanics and alignment.

Consequently, arch supports are ideal for people with high arches as they reduce discomfort and prevent foot malalignment while also ensuring balance and helping to maintain correct posture. Although not all individuals with high arches will need arch supports, you should consider them if you experience any pain or discomfort.

How Custom Arch Supports Can Help

You can have a custom arch support built for you, or you can purchase an over-the-counter insert for your foot.

Custom arch orthotic inserts are tailored to your foot size, shape, and height of the arch, guaranteeing maximum support in the process. Unlike custom orthotics, over-the-counter orthotics may not fit perfectly as there may still be space between the foot arch and the ground limiting the support. Arch supports shouldn't cause foot pain; if they do, it could signify that they aren't designed for your specifications.

Upstep provides custom orthotics that help you absorb the shock of walking around. They also reduce the chances of pronation and increase the chances of running without discomfort or pain.

Using these orthotics, the pain and discomfort associated with high arches can be effectively dealt with, bringing comfort to the user.