High Arches Can Bring High Amounts of Pain

High Arches Can Bring High Amounts of Pain

High foot arches, also known as “cavus foot,” is when there is an extreme amount of weight that is being placed on the heel and ball of the foot. Our podiatrists Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM at NOLA Sole Podiatry have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat your high arches. Call us at 504-302-1586 and visit us at our New Orleans, LA location today to learn more about how to treat this condition.


Due to the high arch, severe pain and unsteadiness can occur. This condition is usually caused

by neurologic disorders or other conditions like polio, strokes, cerebral palsy or an inherited deformity. Treatment is therefore determined by the condition that initially caused the high arch because this condition gets significantly worse when it’s the result of a health complication. Those who experience this condition can also experience other foot and ankle issues such as hammertoes, calluses or ankle sprains from the resulting unsteadiness. Others with this condition may experience weak foot and ankle muscles which causes the foot to be dragged when walking. This dragging is likely due to a neurological condition.


Treatments via nonsurgical methods include orthotics, which can help provide stability and additional cushioning to prevent further injury caused by the high arches. Footwear and braces are also very important as they can provide significant ankle support to help with stability and to prevent the effects of dragging of the feet.


When the above treatments are not helpful enough, surgery will be required to alleviate pain and to increase steadiness so that the foot can develop its strength again. Surgery may only be required once or many times in situations where neurologic problems are a contributing cause.


Since high arches can lead to severe deformities, it is important to receive some form of treatment right away. Although the duration and length of the treatment may vary, the quality of your foot and ankle health will drastically improve. So, please contact our office today so that we may be able to diagnose the underlying cause of your high arches and provide a lasting a recovery option.

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