The easiest way to identify your arch type is to take the “wet test.” Wet the bottom of your foot in a shallow pan or bucket of water, then set your sole down on a piece of paper. Once you’ve made a footprint on the paper, remove your foot and examine the print’s shape.
If you have a moderate curve between the ball of the foot and the heel, you have a normal arch height. If the print appears to have very little or no curve on the inside—so it’s just one oblong mark—you probably have low or flat arches. If you have a significant curve in the middle of the print, so the ball of the foot and the heel are only connected by a small area, you have high arches.
No one arch type is “bad” or necessarily a problem; however, low and high arches may be more prone to pain and overuse issues. If you’re concerned about your feet, or you’re already experiencing discomfort, don’t wait. Contact Dr. Darren Silvester and the Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic staff for help. Call (830) 569-3338 or use the website to contact us.