How to Determine Arch Types with Absolute Ease

Natalie Cecconi
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The Three Different Arches of the Foot

Your arch is the bony part of your foot that you can feel if you press your foot against a flat surface. Most of us have an arch but the three different types of arches include:

Arches that are very low, Arches that are normal, and, Arches that are very high.

The type of arch you have in your foot is mainly determined by genetics. However, some conditions and activities such as pregnancy, walking/running, and age may cause your foot arches to change, too.

Each type of foot arch has its own characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages. This knowledge can be recently used to estimate the foot arches of people quickly (mainly in shoemaking). Let’s look at the different foot arch types in detail.

How to Determine Arch Types

If you’re thinking about installing a deck on your property and you want to get the perfect arch design that fulfill your dream, you will need professional help. Arch deck design is not an easy task to learn in a single day. You need to know some basic rules for a perfect arch deck.

Here are some of the steps you can follow to end up with a unique deck in the end.

Before starting the deck design process, you will have to prepare a blueprint of where you want the deck to be placed. You should pay attention to the following dimensions:

  • Length
  • Width
  • Depth
  • Height

You should also talk to your local building inspector if you’re going to construct a new deck. In most areas, the width of the deck should be a minimum of three feet wide. Also, the top width should be a minimum of 44 inches and the top length should be around 54 inches.

If you’re going to use the deck for outdoor entertaining, you should extend the width of the deck as much as 14 feet if possible.

High Arches

High arches suggest longer foreheads, broader cheekbones, and shorter upper lips. Those with high arches usually have well-defined eyebrows with delicate and well-proportioned features.

To determine if your upper arch is high, look at yourself in the mirror. The width of your nostril and your eye should be in line. If there’s a gap between your nostril and your eye, you’ve got a high arch.

Normal Arches

A regularly shaped arch is easy to recognize because of its straight and regular features. You can also measure the straight lines from top to bottom as well as side to side. The average normal arch has a height ratio of 2:3:6, where the height is measured on the outside of the curve, the width on the inside of the curve and the length on a line to the center. A normal arch has a height between 8% and 180% of its width and a length between 10% and 180% of its width.

Fallen Arches or Flat Feet

If you browse the web looking for information about fallen arches, you will hardly get the correct diagnosis. Instead, you will come across a seemingly endless list of possible causes: flat feet, weak ankles, tight Achilles’ tendons, corns, hammertoes, bunions, overpronation, high heels, etc. All of these are possible reasons, to one extent or another, for the problem of fallen arches.

If proof is what you are looking for, this is where we can help you. The arch functions by absorbing the shock of impact of every step you take. So, this supports your weight, and also ensures that the load is shared uniformly across the whole foot.

But every time when you take a step, the skeletal frame shifts automatically to neutralize the impact. This is the mechanism that is sensed by the nerve endings under each arch.

The shock on the arch will be passed to the brain, and this is how you will be able to adjust your step length appropriately. The more sensitive the arch, the more you can adjust your foot position. Hence, it is the arch that enables you to run or walk on uneven surfaces.

When the arch is not functioning as it should, the body tries all that it can to maintain the stability of your foot, eventually leading to the development of other foot problems.

Does Arch Type Matter?

Depending on the size and the structural make-up, an arch can be classified into three types “ the Entrant, the Springing, and the Through arch. The three types may have varying features, but they are commonly made of the same materials and subjected to the same methods of construction.

While the springing type is the most commonly seen in world cities, the others deserve just as much recognition for being as attractive and compelling as the first type.

So how do you differentiate between the three? How will you know which of the three types your chosen arch style is? Keep on reading for the answers to these questions and much more. The information provided below will help guide you in mastering the characteristics of the three types of arches to choose from.

Foot Arch Test

The foot arch or the arch of your foot is a distinctive feature that can be very helpful to determine your arch type.

The position of your arches will either be very high, low, flat, or underpronated in shape when you take off your shoes and socks.

The arch of your foot refers to the highest point of your foot. In the bottom of the foot, near the heel, you will find a bony lump. It’s the part of the foot that sticks out the highest above the ground.

The high arch is the most common type. People with this type of arch are flexible, highly mobile, and highly active. They can easily adapt to different physical and mental activities. They are also famous for being very good at sports and physical activities.

The low arch type is the least common with only around 10-20% of the population having that kind of arch. People with this type of arch tend to be inflexible and heavy walkers. They are also prone to bone fractures and injuries.


Selecting the right arch type is not an easy and straightforward task. This is because the things we value the most are not often the best options.

To say that a diamond-shaped rear deck or an L-shaped living room with a 1-story drop down to the back yard is the best combinations in town would be plain wrong and a complete waste of money.

Similarly, when it comes to architectural design, there is rarely a best choice.

But in order to make the right choice, you have to take advantage of all the information out there. This includes asking thousands of homeowners and visiting designed homes that have been built recently.

Additionally, you need to know the basic rules and specific examples of each type of arch.

So to make your decision easier, we have divided the most common types of arch into 4 main groups.

The first group is the versatile basic arch types, which are so easy to build and cost effective, that they are the perfect solution for any case.

The second group is that of the highly advanced, modern and futuristic arch types. The type for people that are looking to defy gravity, fly freely and do things that are not a part of normal everyday life.

The third group is the one for those who want the best of both worlds, and are willing to sacrifice a certain amount of space to accomplish their dream.