Pes cavus is a high arch condition that produces serious complications in some folks, while others can have abnormally high arches with no ill effects. An inflexible high arch affects the balance and weight distribution of the foot and impairs the transfer of pressure from the toe to the heel area when you walk or exercise. People with high arches are also prone to developing toe problems such as hammertoes and bunions as well as skin conditions including blisters and calluses.
Since having a rigid high arch can also adversely affect ankle stability, ankle sprains are more likely to occur.
3 conservative treatments for high arches include the following:
- Properly fitted shoes—Wear shoes with a wider heel base and lower heel cup which will allow more room for ankle supports, orthotics, and braces.
- Custom orthotic shoe inserts—Talk to your foot doctor about specially designed orthotics that are molded to fit your precise foot shape to hold the arch in position while providing support and cushioning. Orthotics can also help divert pressure for relief of hammertoe and bunion pain.
- Foot braces—The foot drop that accompanies high arches may require specially made braces to provide the necessary support of the foot and ankle to improve balance and stability and help avoid falls and other injuries.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from arch problems, see your podiatrist for the proper care. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.