The differences between a flat or high arched foot

By: Jagdeep Takhar, Chiropodist, Jul 10, 2014

How do I know if I have a flat foot or a high arch foot?

Custom-made orthotics are often used to alleviate the pain associated with these conditions.

High Arches
Arches typically extend from the ball of the feet to the heel. When this arch is higher than normal (High Arch) it could be accompanies by the presence of hammer toes and are also more prone to pain and discomfort. The major challenge faced by patients with high arches is that of finding the perfect fit shoe which would fill in the gap of a high arch. On occasions the pain may even extend to the back which is uncomfortable but not crippling.

Flat Feet
On the contrary those with Flat Feet have an abnormal structure wherein the metatarsal bones in the feet do not maintain their normal angle. Thus the arch is lost and the patient invariably experiences pain, fatigue, tiredness and even a sensation of cramping in the legs. Custom-made orthotics are often used to alleviate the pain associated with these conditions.

Jagdeep completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in Human Anatomy and Biology. She then proceeded to complete a graduate program in chiropody at the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences.

Jagdeep is a Chiropodist licensed by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. In addition, she is a member of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC) and Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM). Her participation in these organizations has allowed her to expand her chiropodial/podiatric medicine knowledge through continuing education courses and forming community partnerships with health professionals. 

Jagdeep offers a full range of chiropodial/podiatric treatments with areas of expertise in diabetic foot care, biomechanics including custom foot orthotics, and soft tissue surgery at The Foot Clinic in Brampton, Ontario

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