Foot Facts -- Arch Support

Why is it important to have good arch support?


The foot must bear the weight of the body and provide the mechanism for propulsion. Weight bearing and propulsion require a high degree of stability and flexibility. The arches of the foot are critical to providing shock absorption and stability. The arches are maintained by the bones and joints as well as by ligaments, muscles and tendons.

When any of the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles or tendons are over stressed pain or injury could occur. Footwear with good arch support can help protect against as well as help to recover from injury.


Happy Feet Plus offers footwear which has exceptional arch support and provides the stability required for attaining total body health. Footwear intended to stabilize your feet provides support for the three primary arches - medial, lateral and metatarsal.

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common foot ailments. Plantar Fasciitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the foot caused by excessive stress to the plantar fascia that supports the medial arch. Relief from Plantar Fasciitis begins when you wear footwear that provides stability and has the proper medial arch support.


Birkenstock, Finn Comfort, Birki's, ALPRO, Footprints, Tatami, and Papillio have footbeds which provide superior arch support. All have similar lateral and metatarsal arch support, but vary in their medial arch support.



If you identify your arch type as “Flat” you will find the most comfort from wearing:

If you have a "Flat" to "Normal" arch we'd recommend:

If you have a “Normal" arch we’d recommend:

If you have a “Normal” to “High” arch we’d recommend

If you have a “High” arch we’d recommend

NOTE: As with all cork footbed footwear, there is a 2-day to 2-week break-in period. During this period your footwear will conform to your feet and begin providing the support your need. If your feet, and entire body, are not accustomed to supportive footwear you may also encounter some soreness in your knees, feet and/or legs. This is to be expected as your body readjusts itself. Within a short while your body will be on the way to a healthier existence.

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