Every day, we put our bodies through lots of stress, and perhaps this is experienced no more than in the feet. We rely on our feet to keep us going through the day and, sadly, they don’t normally get the attention they deserve. Now is the time to change this because the topic of today’s article is arch support.
What’s Arch Support?
In case you didn’t know, the arch is found between the heel and ball on the underside of the foot. To get technical for a moment, there are actually three different arches in the foot, and they form almost a triangle; the transverse arch, the medial arch, and the lateral arch. In layman’s terms, we have a complex web of arches in the foot that contains tendons, ligaments, and bones.
Unfortunately, a significant number of Australians experience some form of foot pain in their lives. Back in 2008, a study revealed that around 20% in a given community can struggle with foot pain. Depending on your sex, age, weight, and other factors, your own risk of foot pain can change.
Therefore, lots of companies have been working on helping this area of the body, and arch supports are an example. As the name suggests, these products are designed to provide support underneath the foot in the arch.
Benefits of an Arch Support
Why should you invest in arch support for your foot? Several benefits come with this option:
Balance/Stability – With support under the arch, most people see an improvement in balance and stability. Although this might not seem important, it has great value for posture. Over time, this reduces foot pain and you won’t have to seek corrective help for poor posture and balance.
Pressure Distribution – With every step, you should also find that your weight is distributed across the whole foot. Rather than focusing on one spot, the whole foot takes weight, and this helps to align your body.
Pain Prevention – If you’re already experiencing pain in the foot, arch supports can help to alleviate this pain. Sadly, the problem with foot pain is that there’s no way to escape it. Whether we’re walking around the shops or the workplace, we can’t bypass the feet and expect to travel around. This being said, you can make your day-to-day tasks a little easier with arch support.
Damage Prevention – When walking on a painful foot, the pain isn’t the only problem because you could actually make the issue worse with every step. For example, let’s say that you have plantar fasciitis. Arch support will alleviate pain and pressure while also preventing further problems.
Arch Protection – Even after all of these benefits, arch support will also provide much-needed protection for the arch itself. With the right support, you reduce the risk of the arch collapsing; this is a problem that can cause foot problems like plantar fasciitis.
Buying the Right Arch Support
While some people buy an insert for their shoes, other solutions are quickly gaining attention across Australia. As an example, Archtek Socks were designed with patented arch support built into the sock. Rather than going in the shoes, these are socks for your feet with a five-layer arch support system.
Designed by a doctor, these socks come with lots of added benefits including a seamless toe and a leg compression system. For those with health conditions, the latter will help to improve circulation and reduce swelling.
Whichever solution you choose, it’s time to support the feet once and for all!