Arch Support– do you need it?

Foot Care With Feetlife

The arches in our feet play a very important role in weight bearing, shock absorption and propulsion during walking, running, and jumping. Genetics, wear-and-tear, or injury can cause problems with your arches. These consequences can make your feet tire easily, cause pain and can lead to abnormal stress on the knees, hips and back causing pain and discomfort there too. As civilisation has evolved humans have gone from walking barefoot in soft terrain to walking on hard, flat surfaces in footwear that offer little to no support for our feet. For people living more active lifestyles and people with demanding and vigorous work schedules, it is more likely that they will develop foot problems such as arch pain at some point in their lives.

Often a new pair of ’supportive footwear’ can help ease any pain caused by lack of arch support, however, a correctly fitted arch support can be the best non-invasive treatment for the issues listed above. There are many causes of arch pain in the feet and many reasons why you may need to introduce arch supports into your lifestyle– here at Feetlife we offer a range of foot care products that would help to prevent and ease any pain or discomfort you may have.

What could be causing your Arch Pain?

Plantar Fasciitis

This is one of the most common foot problems caused by inflammation– following lack of support in the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by wearing poorly fitted shoes, overuse of the feet and numerous other reasons. A common symptom of Plantar Fasciitis is heel pain when you first wake up or after you have been seated for a long period of time. By supporting the foot, the inflammation slowly heals, improving side effects.

Orthosleeve FS6 Foot Sleeve
The FS6 Performance Foot Sleeve used patented compression zone technology to relieve symptoms of plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, heel pain and foot fatigue. Worn under socks and with shoes, this is a product for daily use.




Over-pronation occurs when your ankles roll inward whilst walking. This can create problems throughout the body (hips, back, knees) due to misalignment. An orthotic insole would help to keep your feet, ankles and body aligned, reducing any discomfort.

Powerstep Slimtech 3/4 Insole
Feet with neutral arches naturally pronate when walking, where the feet and ankles roll slightly inward, placing pressure on the bigger toes and inside of foot. Neutral arches need stable, yet flexible arch support for shock absorption and proper alignment. By combining premium cushioning and the clinically proven PowerStep arch shape in a semi-rigid neutral arch support shell, the PowerStep SlimTech shoe inserts are a trusted solution to improve foot function, decrease arch pain, and help alleviate common foot conditions typically caused by mild to moderate pronation.

Heel Pain & Spurs

Heel spurs can often feel like a hard rock in your heel. If you have already or feel you’re at risk of developing a heel spur an orthotic would help to alleviate any pain or discomfort.

Podopro Blue Dot Heel Cup
Anatomically designed heel spur cavity which is used to treat heel pain, heel spurs, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and knee and back pain. The dual density soft gel silicone absorbs shock on heel impact and provides even pressure distribution providing relief from heel pain as well as ankle pain, knee pain and back pain.

Arch Pain

Arch pain is often a symptom of the above foot conditions. Leaving these untreated could make your condition worse. Arch supports in your everyday footwear or a more supportive pair of shoes would help to improve the side effects.

Podopro Gel Arch Pad
Adds medial arch support for fallen, weak, or high arches and eases pain caused by pronation problems.
Podopro Heavy Duty 3/4 Insole

Designed to relax muscles, ligaments and tendons and provide relief from fallen arches and splay foot problems. 

Archies Arch Support Footwear
Archies combine the style of a modern flip flop yet provide the same amount of support as a typical orthotic. The specialised closed-cell foam material and patented footbed not only moulds and conforms to the shape of your foot, but cradles and supports your arches, putting your feet in the most bio-mechanically appropriate position possible.

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