High Arched Foot

A high arched foot, also known as a Cavus foot, is a condition in which the structure of the foot takes a different form than a normal foot. A normal foot has a natural reverse “rocker bottom” gait pattern that evenly distributes your weight and “rocks” as you ambulate. When a high-arch (Cavus) foot develops, the weight-distribution is altered into more of a “tripod” with excessive amounts of pressure being applied to the heel, the inside and outside of the forefoot. This can lead to a variety of problems including pain, deformity, calluses, alteration to your walking pattern and instability of the foot.

There numerous reasons a Cavus foot may develop such as an underlying structural issues and neurologic conditions (i.e. Charcot-Marie Tooth disease, cerebral palsy etc…). It is important to see a specialist to help determine not only the cause of your high arched foot but what solutions can be offered. A thorough clinical evaluation is extremely important to assess muscle strength, instability and general position of the foot and ankle. Advanced imaging studies such as MRI or CT may be recommended. Non-surgical treatment may involve something simple such as orthotics and bracing. If your condition is advanced and you are experiencing significant discomfort and pain, our specialists are here to help. We do have surgical options available to help reduce your discomfort and pain. Come see our specialists today for proper evaluation and treatment.

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