Arch support

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  1. filphil

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    Are (tennis) shoes built with arch support or is the support coming from the supplied insole or possible a combination of both?

    Having a low arched foot most tennis shoes I've tried just don't feel right with me. Now that I'm looking for a new pair, I have found plenty that have fit well in the toe box and heel cup but the arch turned me away due to initial discomfort.
     
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  2. Povl Carstensen

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    The midsole provides arch support in most traditional tennisshoes I know. Actually it is also part of the elevated heel design, where the sole curves down from heel to toe and in that way supports the arch. In most circumstances the insole is flat (of even thickness), and pretty soft.
     
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    I've been playing in Adidas Barricades for some time. I've also worn orthotics in one shoe since I was about 12 years old for a leg length discrepancy. I'm 43 now. About a year ago I got plantar fasciatis in the foot that did not have the orthotic. I've always had some kind of foot pain and back pain, but always attributed it to just getting old or just working out too hard or too long.

    Anyway, I was walking through Walgreens one day and saw these arch supports called Go Strutzs. You might have seen the infomercial. I'm not the type to buy anything from an infomercial, but since these were sold in Walgreens I figured I would spend the $10 to try them.

    The difference has been pretty remarkable and for me I can't believe I never thought to do this for so many years. Why have an orthotic in only one shoe? This is what the doctor always thought was best, but obviously I was only getting arch support in one shoe. The Go Strutz now goes in the other shoe and I don't get nearly as much foot pain or back pain any more.

    My point is if you need arch support you might want to give these things a try. For only $10 it isn't a big risk and then you could put them in any shoe you wanted. They worked well for me and I now wear them to work as well as when I work out.
     
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  4. filphil

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    That's unfortunate. So it does sound like it is built in to the shoe. So what would happen if a person were to use a shoe with a high arch but their foot is of the flat arch type? Could that lead to potential health issues later down the road?

    I actually have a pair of cushioned insoles in my NB 1187. The stock pair was fairly thin so I figured it wouldn't be bad if I changed them.
     
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  5. Povl Carstensen

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    I think it is individual. But it would keep the arch from getting strong, because it is not allowed to function.
     
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