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How to Determine Your Arch Height at Home

Your arch height affects your body mechanics and foot health. The earlier you understand it, the better. Find out how to determine your arch height at home.

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By Babafemi Adebajo
Michelle Meyer - Editor for Upstep
Edited by Michelle Meyer

Updated February 10, 2023.

Your arch height affects your foot health and your overall body mechanics. While a regular arch height is slightly elevated above the ground when standing, you may also have high arches or flat feet.

Generally, high arches are less common than flat feet, occurring in only about 20% of the population. You have high arches if there’s a significant distance between your foot arch and the floor when you stand or walk.

High arches can cause serious foot problems ranging from minor discomfort to deformities. These include ankle instability, calluses, claw toes, hammertoes, metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis, and sprains.

Ways to Test Your Arch Height

The earlier you understand what kind of arch height you have, the better you’ll know how it affects your body and how to handle it. You can determine your arch height by performing the wet test.

Begin the wet test by dipping your feet in water in either a basin or a tub. Then, you will step out onto cardboard, concrete, or heavy paper and observe your footprint.

You have a normal arch if the middle part of your arch is about half filled. You have a flat arch if your entire sole is visible on the imprint. Conversely, if the heel and the toe area are the observable points, you likely have high arches.

Comfort Is Possible Despite Foot Arch Type

No matter your arch type, comfort is possible with the appropriate arch support. A low arch height insole will support and provide comfort for flat feet. Regular feet go with the medium arch insoles, while a high arch will require a high arch insole. Beyond this, if your foot arch type causes pain, stretching the arch of your foot can also provide significant relief.

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