High arched feet are not as common as flat feet, but as podiatrists we still see quite a lot of them. High arched feet are often associated with very stiff joints, minimal shock absorption, foot pain and corns and callouses.
The general shape of a high arched foot means many of the joints are in a more firm or locked position compared to the flexible flat foot type. This means that when you take a step, your arch does not collapse as much as is necessary for shock absorption. If the force from your foot hitting the ground is not absorbed in the arch flattening, it gets transferred elsewhere, through the outside of the foot, the ankle and also the knee.
The result of this can often be joint pain, ankle sprain, corns and callouses.
The best sort of footwear for a high arched foot is a neutral shoe type with ample cushioning. Any shoe with too much arch support will cause you to roll over even more, further disrupting the pressure distribution. The shoe should be supportive and firm around the heel and ankle.
The shoe should have good cushioning and shock absorption around the ball of the foot and the heel to reduce the pressure on the foot.
If you are experiencing foot pain that you think is associated with your high arched foot type, it is best to pay a visit to your podiatrist.
Treatment options may include applying padding to your shoes, taping your foot, removing painful corns and callouses or implementing an orthotic (insole) device to try to change the pressure distribution in your feet.