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How to Treat High Arch Foot Pain

High arch, also known as Cavus Foot, is a condition in which the arch of the foot has an abnormally high arch. This can be the result of a previous medical condition, neurological disorder, or it can be hereditary.

Symptoms of Cavus Foot

Most commonly recognized by a noticeably high arch even when standing, some of the other symptoms of Cavus Foot include:

  • Bent or clenched toes
  • Calluses
  • Frequent blisters
  • Pain when standing or walking
  • Instability caused by the heel pointing inward, which can cause ankle sprains

Professional Diagnosis

If you believe that you or someone you know might be suffering from high arch, please consult a foot orthotics professional at your earliest convenience. The doctor will then conduct a variety of tests, including but not limited to:

  • A review of family history
  • A review of medical history
  • In-depth foot examination (looking for calluses, blisters, irregularity in structure)
  • Observation of walking pattern & coordination
  • Analyze the pattern of wear on patient’s shoes
  • X-Rays

Treatment for High Arch

There are some severe cases of Cavus Foot which will require surgical treatment. It is also quite possible that subsequent future surgeries would be needed in order to assure pain-free, stable movement.

Non-Surgical Option

More commonly, Cavus Foot or High Arch can be addressed by a chiropractic professional. Along with massage therapy and typical adjustments, some things a chiropractor might prescribe are:

  • Orthotic devices – Custom orthotic devices that fit into your shoe provide stability and cushioning to the foot, which lessens the effect of high arch.
  • Shoe modifications – Wider-heeled shoes can improve stability and high-top shoes can add support for the ankle.
  • Bracing – Bracing is useful in managing foot drop, and can also assist with keeping the foot and ankle stable.

If you’re experiencing foot pain and have been unable to relieve it yourself, it is certainly a good idea to contact Dr. Reinhardt who specializes in custom orthotics and foot treatment.