|Foot Type||Characteristics||Ideal Shoe Type|
|High-Arched Foot||Rigid, poor shock absorption||Shoes that absorb shock|
|Supinator||Foot rolls away from the body's midline||Shoes that counteract or compliment foot movement|
|Pronator||Foot rolls towards the body's midline||Anti-pronation shoes|
|Low-Arched Foot||Highly mobile, good shock absorption||Shoes that support mobility|
|Normal Foot||Minimal pronation and supination||Balanced shoes|
Foot pain can be a real drag, but the right footwear can make all the difference. Whether you're a supinator, pronator, or have high or low arches, there's a shoe out there that's perfect for you. Let's dive into the world of foot biomechanics and discover how to choose the right orthopedic shoes for your unique feet.
High-Arched Foot: The Shock Absorber
If you have a high-arched foot, your foot is typically rigid and doesn't absorb shock very well. This can lead to shock-related injuries. But don't worry, the right footwear can help. Shoes that absorb shock can provide the comfort and support your high-arched feet need. Check out our OrthoFit Comfort Shoes for Women for a perfect blend of comfort and support.
Supinators & Pronators: The Balancing Act
Supinators and pronators, listen up! Your foot type needs a shoe that either counteracts or compliments your foot's natural movement. If you're a supinator, your foot rolls away from the midline of your body with each stride. On the other hand, if you're a pronator, your foot rolls towards the midline. Wearing the wrong shoe type can lead to pain and injury. So, make sure to choose the right orthopedic footwear that suits your foot type.
Low-Arched Foot: The Adaptable One
Low-arched feet are typically very mobile and absorb shock well. This foot type is adaptable to changing direction, making it ideal for activities that require agility. However, it's crucial to find shoes that support this mobility without compromising on comfort. Our women's collection offers a variety of shoes designed for low-arched feet.
Normal Foot: The All-Rounder
If you're blessed with a normal foot, your foot doesn't pronate or supinate excessively. It moves just a little bit in each direction, which is perfectly fine. All you need is a balanced shoe that supports your foot's natural movement. Explore our OrthoFit range for shoes that provide long-lasting foot support.
Are Pronated Feet Bad?
Contrary to popular belief, pronation is not necessarily bad. It's a normal movement for most people with normal to low-arched feet. It helps reduce load when you walk or run. However, in some cases, excessive pronation can put more strain on your foot. But don't fret, the right footwear can provide the necessary plantar fasciitis relief.
Shoe Fitting Tips: Getting The Right Fit for Your Feet
Choosing the right shoe is not just about foot type. It's also about getting the right fit. Here are some tips to ensure a proper fit:
- Heel to Toe: The longest toe should be accommodated, with approximately 7 mm, or about a pinky finger’s width, between the longest toe and the end of the shoe.
- Heel to Ball (arch length): Make sure that the widest part of your foot lines up with the widest part of the shoe (the “flex point”).
- Heel Fit: The heel counters of shoes are made in different widths and back curves. If your heel slips even though you have laced the shoe properly, try an alternate style.
- Width: Too narrow, and your toes will go numb. Too wide, and the foot will not be adequately secure.
- Socks: When fitting shoes, be sure to wear the socks you will be using with them.
- Heel Height: We typically recommend a heel height between 10 and 12 mm to keep your heel elevated a bit.
Remember, the right shoe can make all the difference. So, take your time, do your research, and choose the most comfortable shoes for women that provide the support your feet need. Happy shoe shopping!