Why do we have arches in our feet?

The foot has a pretty important job to do. It has to absorb the impact of our body weight thousands of times a day, potentially receiving up to 3-4 times that depending on the activity, such as running.

That’s a big job for a relatively small body part. The feet also have to transmit the energy that we generate to push us forward when we walk, into the ground. They slow us down then speed us up every time we take a step. Feet also have to help us balance on uneven ground and help us to stand still. Your feet can bend, twist and adapt to uneven or flat ground.

Imagine if you had stiff wooden feet that didn’t move – you would probably fall over a lot. The arches in your feet along with the bones and musculature act as your own personal suspension system. Take great care of them.