How can I tell my arch type?

How to Tell Your Arch TypeThere are multiple ways to tell your arch type, but the easiest way to check when you’re at home is to perform the wet test. Lightly wet the bottom of your sole and step onto a piece of heavy, white paper. Stand normally for a moment, then step off the paper. The footprint you leave behind should give you a pretty good idea about the shape and height of your arch.

There are three types of arches: low, average, and high. A low arch leaves behind a complete and wide print. Nearly the whole sole will be visible. An average arch has a curve in the middle of the foot, leaving an almost c-shaped partial print. A high arch has no visible arch in a footprint at all. Just the ball of the foot, the heel, and the thin outer edge of the foot will be clear. If you’re not sure what your wet footprint is telling you, or you want help taking care of any arch pain, let us know at Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX. Just call (281) 497-2850 to reach us.

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.