We see all different types of feet in our office and can attest that is it rare for two of them to be exactly the same. Just like other features and characteristics you inherit, such as eye and hair color, we all also inherit our foot type. Unless you have had an amputation or serious deformity, we all have “normal” feet with slight variations based on our genetics.
Most people categorize their feet as either flat or high arches, but there are so many more variations to the foot than appears. In our office we use The QuadraStep System to identify and differentiate the structural and functional aspects of the foot into 6 specific foot “types”. When assessing your foot type we look at 4 main characteristics of your feet:
- Arch height
- Assess toe-sign
- Gait pattern, or how you walk
- Callus pattern
By evaluating these 4 aspects of your feet, we can begin to understand your specific biomechanics, why you are experiencing current symptoms and possible future issues your foot type may be pre-disposed to. Properly identifying your foot type will also aid in deciding what type of treatment is necessary to relieve pain and stress on your feet.
People with the “A” and “C”, or higher arch, foot type are less likely to have chronic foot problems, but will notice more problems with their hips and lower back due to their feet being poor shock absorbers, while those with other foot types are pre-disposed to more specific foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis and bunions.
Understanding your foot type and/or having a professional who understands will help you achieve better results with your treatment. If you think you could benefit from better support or are curious about what foot type you have, call for an appointment today.