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What is Natural Arch Support?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

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April 16 2015
Pam Wheeler

What type of people (or should I say foot) would benefit from conventional arch orthotics?

April 16 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Pam,

Thank you for your message. And excellent question. I think you’ll appreciate the following video, which answers your question in detail:

www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17921600-who-should-use-orthotics

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

April 16 2015
Vincent Brouillet

Does a metatarsal pad for treating my sesamoiditis have a similar effect as an arch support orthotic? (meaning it’s helpful for sesamoiditis but not for building natural arch strength?

I’m at a point where walking barefoot is almost painless with regards to my sesamoiditis. But I tend to walk more on the outside part of my foot by reflex. Should I still use a metatarsal pad? And for how long? And is that counterproductive for building natural arch support?

Also, metatarsal pads in conventional shoes head lead to excess pressure on the tip of my big toe (during big hikes and bike rides), felt back at the joint. What do you think?

April 16 2015
Natural Footgear

Hello, Vincent,

Thank you for your message. By helping to return the forefoot fat pad to a position that supports and protect the sesamoids, metatarsal pads can be very helpful in promoting natural arch support. Unlike conventional arch orthotics, metatarsal pads are not rigid and do not immobilize the foot in an unnatural position.

The excess pressure you’re feeling in the tip of your big toe may be the result of wearing conventional footwear with a tapering toe box (www.naturalfootgear/blogs/education/17914828-tapering-toe-boxes). With ample room in the toe box, this problem may not occur, and it should allow the metatarsal pads to work as intended, especially if your toes are allowed to splay naturally (www.naturalfootgear.com/pages/foot-anatomy-101).

Here are a couple of articles that you might find very helpful moving forward. The first is on Sesamoiditis, and second is on Natural Arch Support.

Sesamoiditis:
www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17911740-sesamoiditis

Natural Arch Support:
www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17888744-natural-arch-support

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

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