High Arches Can Be a Sign of Something Serious
High Arches are known to cause tiredness and pain in the foot due to the arches being raised at an abnormal height. Although this condition can be genetic, it can also be the result of a lesser known sign of a neurological issue. This condition typically prevents the foot from flattening as it hits the ground due to the elevation of the arch and causes pain when standing or placing pressure on the top of the foot, getting an ankle sprain or having tight calves. When high arches are due to a nervous system condition, it can be the result of cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or strokes. Discomfort from high arches can start at any age. It is therefore important to scrutinize high arches as they develop to ensure that they are not signs of a serious neurological problem and to receive the appropriate attention if they are.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Use of orthotics or insoles to provide needed support to minimize pain.
- Losing weight to alleviate the amount of pressure placed on the arch when walking.
- Physical therapy targeting the ankle joint in an effort to help improve range of motion of the foot.
- Surgical procedures that target the root cause of this condition will assist in preventing long-term complications. These procedures may target the soft tissues or bones of the foot to reduce pain and may be minor in scope if this condition is in its early stages. However, if the foot has become rigid from lack of attention, more severe procedures may be required.
This condition can cause pain but can also be a sign of serious neurological disorders. Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM can help to determine the source of your high arches and provide targeted treatment for the best chance of long-term pain relief. Take a moment to schedule an appointment with us by calling our office at 504-302-1586 to bring your arches down to their appropriate height!