Know Your Foot Type for Best Shoe Fit

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High arches work better with a more cushioned shoe, while flat feet need more support.

High arches work better with a more cushioned shoe, while flat feet need more support.

Our feet are one of the most complex parts of our bodies. Each foot is made of 26 bones, 32 joints, hundreds of nerve endings and four layers of muscle that fit between the sole and top of the foot. In addition, feet come in all shapes and sizes.

If we want our feet to perform well, we need to make sure that they have the right footwear to do the job. According to Nina Barough, author of Walking For Fitness, there’s an easy way to check our foot type: Simply dip your foot in water and then walk across a large sheet of poster board or brown paper. If your mark shows most of your foot, you may have flat feet. If the prints don’t include most of the middle section of your foot, you have high arches.

High arches may work best with a cushioned shoe while flat feet may do better with a shoe that offers more support and control. Be sure to discuss your options with a podiatrist or specialty store that has someone qualified to help you select the best shoe for you.