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High Arch (Pes Cavus) Conditions and Treatments to Ease Pain
Foot Condition –
High Arches (Pes Cavus)
High arches (pes cavus) occur when your foot arch is much higher than what might be considered a normal foot arch. It’s less common than other foot arch types, like flat feet. Typically, people have curved feet with a medium-height arch that slightly drops when you put weight on your foot. If you have high arches, your foot may not have the flexibility and drop.
If you have a pes cavus foot type, your arch remains very high when you walk. This means that extra weight is put on your heels and the balls of your feet as they take most of the impact when you walk. Because of this, your feet may hurt, or you may feel a cramp in your arch after standing or moving.
Pes cavus can be present at any age and lead to various high arch foot symptoms, including pain and instability.
Pes Cavus Causes
Many people are born with high arches, inherited from family. If you’re born with pes cavus, the appearance of the foot arch doesn’t usually change.
There are also medical conditions that can cause you to develop pes cavus foot as they progress. They are often muscular or neurological conditions that cause your foot to contract into a cavus or high-arched position.
Some of these conditions include the following:
Spinal tumours and spinal cord injuries.
If your cavus or high arched foot is due to a neurological disorder or other medical condition, assessment and management of symptoms is important.
Pes Cavus Symptoms
Pes cavus symptoms vary depending on your family history or whether you developed it through a cavus foot neurological disorder. The height of your foot arch helps determine if you have pes cavus.
Pes cavus symptoms include:
Corns or calluses on your heel or the side or ball of your foot.
Hammertoes or claw toes.
Toes that are bent when you stand.
Your heel tilts outward.
Sharp pain in arch of foot and foot arch cramps.
Foot pain, especially when standing, walking, playing sports or working out.
Tendonitis foot arch as pes cavus can impact your Achilles.
Pes Cavus Treatment
If you’re wondering how to manage pain associated with your high arches, our LMC Chiropodists have treatment options available. Finding what would work best for you, depends on factors like how severe your symptoms are, how many you have and just how much flexibility your foot has.
LMC Chiropodists commonly prescribe custom foot orthotic devices and recommend specific footwear and/or shoe modifications. Recommendations provide you with foot stability, cushioning and pain relief.
LMC Chiropodists design custom orthotics to provide additional cushioning support and help keep your feet in a more favourable and comfortable foot arch position. These custom foot orthotics are designed especially for your feet, allowing for support and cushion when you stand, walk, play sports or going about your day. If you have complications with Achilles Tendonitis or Tendinosis, temporary modifications like a heel lift can be incorporated into your custom orthotics.
In addition to custom orthotics, you need proper footwear with the right amount of arch support and cushion. Look for shoes with a supportive midsole to help with your high arch foot problem.
Other things to look for when choosing proper footwear can include:
Athletic shoes. Many running and athletic shoes provide better arch support than other styles of shoes. They have a firm structure allowing the shoe’s sole to support the whole foot.
Shoes with soft insoles that form to your foot shape and reach the top of your arch are also helpful for support.
Choose shoes with a lot of ankle support, including shoes with a wide sole help stabilize the foot, disburse pressure and prevent ankle injuries.
You’ll need shoes with lots of depth in the toe area, especially if you have bunions and hammertoes. You want space for your toes to move around freely, so they don’t feel squished and worsen any existing issues
Shoes with a rocker sole (slight curvature) at the toes and heel can help alleviate the pressure placed upon the heels and balls of the feet.
Why Choose LMC
We are part of one of Canada’s largest teams of Medical Specialists and treat the most complex foot conditions, such as diabetic wounds, daily. It makes simple cases such as heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and high arches (pes cavus) easily handled by our experts.
LMC Healthcare has one of the largest research divisions in North America, Centricity Research. Our Chiropodists (Footcare Specialists) have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge foot health research and new treatment approaches.
Members of the Approved Provider Network (APN)
LMC Healthcare is one of a handful of the most skilled and trusted footcare providers included in the APN. It allows us to be exclusive providers for various hospitals and insurance companies in Ontario.
Collaborative and Convenient Approach
While a referral is not required to see our Chiropodists, we keep your family physician informed every step of the way with assessment and treatment summaries.
You also never have to wait long for an appointment! We have eight easily accessible locations in Ontario. Brampton, Vaughan, Oakville, Scarborough, Etobicoke, Midtown Toronto, Barrie, Ottawa, with more coming soon.
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