Medial arch support is typically found in various forms, including shoe inserts, insoles, orthotics, or specialized footwear. It is specifically designed to address issues related to overpronation or flat feet, where the arch of the foot collapses or flattens excessively during weight-bearing activities.
The primary purpose of medial arch support is to help maintain the natural alignment of the foot and provide support to the arch, reducing strain on the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It helps distribute weight evenly across the foot and promotes proper foot mechanics.
Medial arch support is often made from materials that offer a combination of firmness and cushioning. These materials may include EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam, memory foam, gel, or thermoplastic materials. The support is designed to be inserted or built into the shoe or placed directly under the arch of the foot.
The shape and contour of medial arch support are typically tailored to match the natural arch shape of the foot. It may feature an elevated area or a specifically designed arch shape that provides a supportive platform for the arch to rest on.
The benefits of medial arch support include improved foot alignment, reduction in foot and ankle pain, enhanced stability, and prevention of overpronation-related injuries. It can help individuals with flat feet or excessive arch collapse to maintain a more neutral foot position and alleviate discomfort during walking, running, or standing for extended periods.