The foot typically has 28 bones, 33 joints and more than one hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments, making it a very complex moving structure. It also has two main arches through it, along the length and width of the foot. All these structures allow for many functions, but two are particularly important: shock absorption on impact, and creating a rigid structure for the calf to pull on to generate propulsion.
Pronation, or the collapsing of the arch of the foot is part of this shock absorbing process. This is required for the foot to function well. Supination is the movement in the opposite direction where the arch is heightened, leading to a rigidity of the foot and an effective lever arm for the calf to generate force.
Most people don’t have issues with the pronation part of gait. Their feet pronate effectively and adjust to the contour of the ground. However, it’s during the next part of walking that the foot may need some assistance to get back to its rigid state to allow you to push off.
Where do Archies come in?
Orthotics and shoes with inbuilt support are often used for this purpose. But how do you fit orthotics in your thongs? Archies Arch Support Thongs have been around for several years now as a great option instead of flat thongs. They come in two arch types with the higher arch being similar to an “off the shelf” orthotic.
Malvern Physiotherapy Clinic now stock Archies thongs at the clinic in the most popular colours and sizes. They’re so comfy and supportive, you’ll never want to take them off!
Is it time for you to avoid the summer foot soreness from your average flat thong and see what Archies feel like? At $35 a pair it’s worth trying!