Common Foot Types

Our feet are our body's first shock absorbers - they alternately flex and stiffen as the body moves to absorb impact, respond to uneven surfaces and act as a lever to propel the body forward. Feet can be classified into three broad categories based on how they perform in this role.

Overpronation, when the arch collapses too much and the foot rolls inward excessively, distributing weight unevenly. One of the most common foot misalignments.






Excessive Supination, when the foot leans to the outside. Weight is distributed along the outside. Also known as under pronation, over supination reduces the body's natural shock-absorbing capability.




Neutral, foot and ankle maintain a straight line. Weight is distributed evenly across the foot and heel.





Or each of your feet can be a different foot type. If you overpronate, one of your feet can pronate more than the other. 


Whatever your foot type, Footbalance custom-moulded insoles properly support your arches in the neutral position to aid in a balanced stance and facilitate healthy foot function.


How do I know what my foot type is?


To accurately assess your foot type, it is best to get a proper foot and gait analysis is done. The web is full of advice on quick ways to check your own foot type, but the results are frequently misleading. Tests like the wet test rely on the misconception that overpronators always have low arches, while excess supinators have high ones. This is not the case!

Footbalance dealers offer a fast, free foot analysis that helps you learn about your foot type and how it affects your daily life.


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