The arches of the foot are formed by the combination of the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles structure. They consist of three arches: the longitudinal, metatarsal and medial arch.
Each arch is equally as imporant as the other from a weight distribution and load-bearing point of view.
The largest and best known of the foot’s arches is the medial arch, which forms the hollow at the palm of the foot.
Some sports shoes and walking shoes already have a small foam medial arch.
The smaller longitudinal arch lies parallel to the medial arch on the outside of the foot.
The metatarsal arch reaches across the forefoot immediately behind the ball of the foot.
If one, or more of these arches are out of their natural alignment then structural discomfort and often pains and aches are evident.