Michelle Sine, a physical therapist at Tideland Health Rehabilitation Services at The Market Common, says the shape and structure of your foot plays a large role in your foot health.
“Depending on how your foot is made, your arch may be normal, high or flat,” says Sine, who specialized in foot and ankle care.
Normal arches allow pressure and weight to be distributed evenly across the foot.
Flat or low arches cause the foot to pronate or roll inward when you walk. This can lead to tendonitis and other issues.
High arches cause you to carry more weight on the balls of your feet and toes, which may cause pain or trouble balancing.
“A high arch is not necessarily abnormal, but it can lead to higher impact when you walk or run. If you have too much pronation, you’re on the other end of the spectrum, and you have a flat foot. The foot is rolling inward too much, and the arch collapses. That can lead to things like tendonitis and plantar fasciitis,” Sine says.