At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we often treat patients for flatfeet or fallen arches. But arches that are overly high are also a serious, although lesser known foot problem, called Cavus Foot. Below are some facts about this condition:
- Cavus Foot has two primary causes: an inherited structural abnormality in the foot or a medical condition or neurologic disorder such as spina bifida, polio, stroke or cerebral palsy
- Cavus Foot may occur at any age
- The condition can affect one or both feet
- Hammertoes or claw toes may be result from Cavus Foot
- Symptoms can include pain when standing or walking, instability of the foot due to the heel turning inward (this can lead to ankle sprains), calluses on the heel, side or ball of the foot
- The wear pattern of your shoes, your walking pattern and coordination can all provide clues to the cause of the high arches
To Treat or Not to Treat
Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, will ask questions about your symptoms and want to know if they are keeping you from the activities you normally enjoy. If Cavus Foot is caused by a genetic structural defect, the condition is not likely to progress and so treatment will depend on the degree of discomfort you are experiencing. When the arch problem is due to a neurologic or medical condition, it is likely to worsen. There are a number of non-invasive options to treat Cavus Foot, including: bracing, custom orthotics and choosing shoes with more ankle support and wider heels. Surgery is sometimes necessary when these treatments fail to produce satisfactory results.
If you have an overly high arch in one or both feet, it’s best to have the foot doctor evaluate your condition. Contact our Somers Point office for an appointment by calling: (609) 927-4894.