Problems with a high arch foot

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High arch foot, the opposite of flat foot, is also known as high instep or pes cavus. Causes can be hereditary, neurological or a result of other medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, muscular dystrophy, polio and strokes.

Common Problems related to high arch foot

Hammer toes or claw toes

The toes appear to be bent. The continuous pressure on the tip of the toes can lead to hard skin formation, thickening of toenails and even ulceration.

Callus or corns buildup

Hard skin may build up under the balls, heels and sides of the feet.

Forefoot pain

This includes Morton’s neuroma, bursitis, fat pad loss under the balls of the feet, damage to the ligament and bones, and more.

Heel and arch pain

Plantar fasciitis can occur with high arch flexible feet as the arch extends during the gait cycle, causing the tight fascia chord to
stretch. Tightness of leg muscles and tendons can also be noted.

Foot and ankle instability

Instability can lead to spraining, twisting, tripping, causing injury to tendons and ligaments. Severe cases may even lead to stress fractures.

Diagnosis and Treatment

A high arch foot not only causes pain but may also put you at risk for long-term complications. The limited range of motion associated with a high arch foot may lead to poor shock absorption and pain throughout the body - feet, ankles, knees, hips
and back.

At Dan Everson Podiatry, a podiatrist can evaluate your foot structure, check for any abnormalities in your gait and provide treatment accordingly.