People with high arches have several problems with their feet.  They often have poor shock absorption, which can lead to lots of conditions, including things like heel pain, lower back pain, poor ankle stability among others. We refer to this as the Type A foot. People with Type A feet are referred to as "tightrope walkers," or "chandelier shakers," because of their gait pattern, very narrow with poor shock absorption. For this foot type, you'll need an orthotic that will correct the inverted heel alignment and take the pressure off of pressure points created by the unusually high arch. Your true foot type is best evaluated by a podiatrist.

We have several options for orthotics in our office. We have some prefabricated semi-custom orthotics that are adequate for some cases, while others require a full on custom orthotic. Dr. Gibson can discuss the pros and cons of these choices for your particular case. 

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute