High Arches - Cavus Foot
High arches, also known as cavus foot, is a common foot condition where the arches of the feet are higher than normal. At The Foot Clinic, we understand that high arches can cause discomfort and affect your daily life. That’s why we offer effective treatments and education to help you manage your high arches.
What are high arches?
High arches occur when the arches of the feet are higher than normal. This can cause the feet to be more rigid, which can result in pain, discomfort, and an altered gait.
What causes high arches?
High arches can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Genetics: Some people are born with high arches or have a family history of the condition.
Neurological conditions: Certain neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, can cause high arches.
Foot injuries: Injuries to the foot, such as fractures or sprains, can cause the arches to become higher.
Tight Achilles tendon: A tight Achilles tendon can pull the heel up, which can cause the arches to become higher.
How are high arches treated?
At The Foot Clinic, we offer a range of treatments for high arches, including:
Custom orthotics: We can create custom orthotics that provide cushioning and support for the feet.
Footwear modifications: We can recommend footwear modifications, such as wearing shoes with extra padding, to help reduce pain and discomfort.
Physical therapy: Physical therapy exercises can help stretch and strengthen the muscles in the feet and improve gait.
Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to realign the foot and provide support.
Preventing high arches
While not all cases of high arches can be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing the condition, including:
Maintaining a healthy weight: Excess weight can put additional strain on the feet and increase the likelihood of high arches.
Wearing properly fitted shoes: Choose shoes with extra cushioning and support and avoid shoes that are too tight or narrow.
Stretching: Regular stretching exercises can help improve flexibility in the feet and prevent the arches from becoming higher.