It’s possible that you have been wearing standard shoes for years and your feet felt fine, but now, for the first time, it seems that your feet are always tired or suffering from pain.
If this is the case, you can easily fix this problem by simply placing arch supports in your shoes. The type of arch supports you will need depends on the very arch type in your foot. Your arch may be low, called flat feet. Your arch may be what it’s supposed to be – a medium arch. Or your arch may be unusually high. All these different types of feet will benefit from placing arch supports in the shoes.
You should know that the present insoles in your shoes generally do not support the feet like they are supposed to. Manufacturer’s insoles are made in mass quantities – so there’s not much room for personalizing these for anyone’s feet. Basically, they are simple cushions without any ergonomic considerations at all for supporting the foot.
To discover the type of arch supports you need, first figure out what your arch is. To do this you’ll need a bathtub and a piece of cardboard or anything that allows you to see your footprint after submerging your foot in water. Here’s how to start the process:
1. Dip your feet in water, just enough so that the entire bottom of the foot is coated.
2. Place a piece of cardboard on the floor next to you so that you can immediately step on it after submerging your feet in water.
3. Stand on the cardboard for a few seconds before removing both feet.
4. Next, go back and analyze the footprint. Compare it to other footprints online for high arches, neutral arches and low arches. Your footprint will match one of them.
5. This is how you determine your arches so you can get the right arch supports for your feet.