High Arches

Very High Arches are referred to as a Cavus Foot. Having high arches is a problem because significant weight is put on the ball of the foot and heel, which leads to pain and ankle instability. High Arches can occur in one or both feet and at any age.

Causes:

  • neurological disorder
  • muscular dystrophy
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth
  • spina bifida
  • cerebral palsy
  • polio
  • other medical condition
  • stroke
  • inherited structural abnormality

Symptoms:

  • Pain with walking and standing
  • Calluses on the heel, ball of the foot, and on the side of the foot
  • Hammertoes 
  • Instability - the heel tilting inward creates instability, which can cause ankle sprains

Treatment:

  • Orthotics
  • Bracing
  • Shoe modifications
  • Surgery