Foot with high arch
High arch foot, also called cavus foot, is a condition in which the arch of the foot is higher than normal. In a person with a cavus foot, the sole of the foot has a greater curvature than a person with a normal arch. As a result, the foot may appear narrower and the weight distribution on the foot is uneven.
Causes of high arch foot
A cavus foot can be caused by genetic factors or by foot injuries, such as fractures or repeated sprains, which affect the structure of the arch of the foot. It can also be the result of certain neurological or muscular diseases, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.
The high arch foot can lead to problems such as pain in the ball of the foot, instability, fatigue when walking or standing and an increased risk of injuries such as ankle sprains or stress fractures.
Professional treatment of the high arch foot
Treatment of high arch foot should be performed by a professional with expertise in foot conditions, such as a podiatrist or orthopedist. Treatment will depend on the severity of the condition and the individual's symptoms.
Treatment options for high arch foot may include:
- Custom supports or insoles: these devices can help distribute pressure and body weight more evenly on the foot and improve posture. Custom foot orthotics are designed specifically for each individual and can be very effective in relieving pain and fatigue.
- Strengthening exercises: Our podiatrist can recommend specific exercises to strengthen foot muscles and improve joint flexibility. These exercises can help reduce pain and improve foot stability.
- Proper footwear: It is important to wear shoes with a cushioned sole and good arch support. Athletic shoes can also be helpful, as they have a thicker sole and can provide more stability and cushioning.
- Surgical Treatment: In severe cases of high arch foot, surgery may be required to correct the deformity. The type of surgery will depend on the severity of the condition and the individual needs of each patient.
It's important to see our podiatrist if you experience symptoms of cavus foot, such as pain, fatigue or instability when walking or standing. A podiatrist or orthopedist can help determine the cause of the condition and recommend the best treatment for each individual case.