Ask The Experts
“Can My Knees, Hips, And Back Really Hurt Just Because of My Feet?”
Yes! If your feet aren’t adequately supported, your whole body can be out of alignment. With properly fit Good Feet arch supports, your feet will be properly balanced, your body weight will be more evenly distributed and your whole body will be in better alignment. When your whole body is in better alignment, there is less pressure on your knees, hips, and back.
“What Are Some Common Foot Problems That Can Be Relieved By Good Feet arch Supports?”
Plantar fasciitis, heel pain, arch pain, Achilles tendonitis, bunions, metatarsal and nerve problems. Proper custom fitted Good Feet arch supports may reduce or even relieve these conditions of shock and imbalance. Since the foot is your foundation, Good Feet arch supports are designed to provide stable alignment and improve posture of the entire body.
“What Is Plantar Fasciitis?”
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of tissue on the bottom of the foot where the arch meets the heel. The bottom of the foot is the plantar surface, the fascia is a type of ligament that attaches from the heel to the ball of the foot. When bearing weight an unbalanced foot creates tension and pain at the attachment of the fascia on the heel bone. Good Feet arch supports cup the heel, support the arch, and relieve tension allowing the person to resume normal activities.
“What Are Bunions?”
A bunion is an enlarged, inflamed first toe joint with or without deviation of the great toe. Most bunions are caused by inherited structural imbalance and aggravated by shoes, stretch hose, injuries, arthritis, and activities without proper foot support. Foot imbalance causes collapsing arches when standing and as the arch drops the muscles to the big toe pull the toe out of alignment. Professionally fitted Good Feet arch supports are designed to align the unbalanced foot, prevent it from spreading out, and take pressure off the bunion joint.
“What Are Hammertoes?”
When the foot is out of balance the lesser toes contract in an attempt to grip the floor and balance the body. Contracted toes develop corns on top and metatarsal problems on the bottom of the foot. Good Feet arch supports that have metatarsal lift is designed to relax the hammertoes and improve alignment.
“What Are Neuromas?”
A neuroma is an enlargement or thickening of the nerve under a weightbearing area of the foot causing numbness, tingling and sharp shooting pains. The most commonly found neuroma is a “Morton’s neuroma” between the third and fourth metatarsals with pain under the ball of the foot extending through the toes. A Good Feet arch support helps to lift and spread the metatarsal arch which may relieve the neuroma.
“What Are Common Causes Of Pain Under The Ball Of The Foot?”
The ball of the foot is formed by the weight-bearing metatarsal bones. Calluses form under pressure points on the metatarsals and small bones under the great toe joint can become inflamed. Under the first toe joint, there are two small sesamoid bones attached to the tendons that flex the toe. Properly fitted Good Feet arch supports are designed to align the foot and relieve pressure on the metatarsal bones.
If you have serious foot or back problems, please consult your physician. Good Feet is not a medical provider and does not diagnose, prescribe, or fill prescriptions.
“I Always Thought I Had Just One Arch In My Foot, But I Hear I Have Four… Is That True?”
Yes! Many people think there is just one arch in the foot, but there are actually four arches.
Inner (medial) Longitudinal Arch: This Arch runs along the inside of your foot from the ball of your foot to your heel. The Inner Longitudinal Arch is the most important arch when being sized for arch supports because this arch is as individual as you are! Your Inner Longitudinal Arch is unique in length and height. This is one of the primary reasons that your feet need personal sizing when choosing an arch support. The inner arch is flexible.
Outer (lateral) Longitudinal Arch: The Outer Longitudinal Arch is the arch that runs along the outside of your foot. This arch is rigid and stabilizes the foot when you bear weight.
Transverse Arch: The Transverse Arch is situated across your heel behind your in-step. Since it’s inside your foot it’s the only arch that you cannot see. When you step, this arch is the first arch to make contact with the ground, thus, it acts as your body’s primary shock absorber.
Metatarsal Arch: This arch is formed by the five metatarsal heads across the ball of your foot and is supported by a combination of muscles and ligaments. It acts much like your hand does.
“What Is The Difference Between Orthotics And Arch Supports?”
An “orthotic” (orthosis, -es) is a correcting or straightening device to treat a specific foot condition or deformity. An orthotic device is custom made according to an individual model of the foot by medical professionals such as podiatrists, physical therapists, and certified pedorthists according to a prescription in order to provide stability or cushioning and to prevent abnormal motions. Good Feet arch supports are pre-fabricated to help align the four major arches of the foot. These arch supports align the ideal foot structure rather than support the individual imbalance. Good Feet has produced over 20 different shapes of arch supports to provide comfort, balance, and support to the majority of the people.
“What Are Pronation And Supination?”
When we walk, the foot pronates (rolls inward) on contact to adapt to the supporting surface and supinates (rolls outward) as the arch rises during propulsion. As the foot pronates the joints become loose and adaptable. As the foot supinates the joints become rigid and stable for leverage.
Excessive pronation may flatten the foot causing imbalance of the foot, leg and entire body causing pain in the foot around the arch, inner ankle, shin, knee, hip and low back. Support from Good Feet arches are designed to prevent excessive pronation and relieve these problems. If the foot remains supinated and rigid during gait it does not accept shock. Good Feet arch supports with cushions relieve step shock.
How Do I Get Used To My Arch Support System?
Good Feet’s Three Step Arch Support System is designed with one goal in mind: to realign the feet and body for long-term benefits. Of course, you can’t re-align your feet, much less your whole body, overnight. It’s very important that you follow the break-in instructions your Certified Arch Support Fitter discusses with you.
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Which Single Arch Support Will Help Me Most?
We’ve been doing Research and Development for over twenty years, and we have learned that the best way to satisfy the needs of each of our customers is to personally fit them for arch supports that are designed to suit their feet, their shoes, and their activities. After over a decade of changing lives with our arch supports, we have found that most customers experience the best benefits when they use all of the elements of the Three Step System. We have worked so hard to individually engineer every arch support style to perform a very specific function, and fit in a certain variety of shoes. For this reason, there is no single arch support that can do everything.
How Do I Know Which Supports Are Right For Me?
The best way to discover which supports are the best fit for your unique needs is to consult a Certified Arch Support Fitter at your nearest Good Feet store. Our website is a fantastic resource of information about our products and the Good Feet brand, but when it comes to your feet, a personal fit is everything. A Certified Arch Support Fitter will help you consider your shoes, your lifestyle, and your foot concerns, when choosing the support package that fits your needs the best.
What Kinds Of Shoes Do I Have To Buy To Fit My Arch Support System?
One of the best benefits of a personal fit is that you can wear your new Arch Support System with all of your favorite shoes! Your Certified Arch Support Fitter will help you coordinate your new Arch Support System with the shoes you already own. Customers wearing orthotics or over-the-counter inserts often report that they have to wear one shoe size larger than normal to accommodate their orthotics. But Good Feet arch supports are designed to work with your true shoe size and width, so you’ll never have to wear “clown shoes” again!
When you are personally fitted at your local Good Feet Store, your Certified Fitter may discover that you wear a different shoe size or width than you think you do. If that’s the case, you’ll probably want to start wearing your new Arch Support System in shoes that fit you more correctly. Also, there are many shoe styles available that are not healthy for the feet – for instance, many high heels can force the toes and arches into unnatural positions, which can cause pain. Be sure to discuss your shoe sizes and styles with your Certified Arch Support Fitter to find the right solutions for you.