Treating Patients with High Arched (Cavus) Feet
- Identifying Problems Caused by High Arched Feet:
Individuals with high arched feet often experience specific foot problems and pain associated with their foot structure. The primary issue stems from bearing weight on a small area of the foot, namely the ball-of-the-foot and the heel. This uneven weight distribution leads to increased pressure, resulting in pain and reduced stability. Common problems associated with cavus feet include neuromas, stress fractures, metatarsalgia (ball-of-foot pain), ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis (arch and heel pain), tendonitis and instability when walking.
- How Do You Successfully Treat a High Arched Foot?
The primary aim when addressing the problems caused by high arches is to distribute weight over a larger surface area of the foot and improve foot stability. Achieving this objective typically involves the use of orthotic devices, specifically "total contact orthotics."
- Proper Fit for Orthotics:
To maximize the effectiveness of orthotics, it is essential to ensure a close conformation to the arch of the foot. Unfortunately, many orthotics are made without adequate matching to the arch, leading to reduced pain relief.
- Custom Orthotics for High Arches:
Prescribed custom orthotics, made with precision, can effectively alleviate pain associated with high arches. If you have high arches and would like to have your feet evaluated, we recommend scheduling an appointment at Lexington Podiatry. Bring your existing orthotics for evaluation if applicable.
- Prefabricated Orthotics for High Arched Feet:
While prefabricated orthotics may not have the same level of conformity to the arch as custom orthotics, they can still provide some relief. Opt for prefabricated orthotics specifically designed for high arches, such as the Quadrastep Semi-custom Orthotic, a podiatrist-designed orthotic. Another recommended option is Rx Powerstep, which is designed for high arches. Give these arch supports a trial period of a few weeks. If you don't see improvement, it would be advisable to consult with a podiatrist who specializes in orthotic therapy for a comprehensive evaluation.
By understanding the problems associated with high arched feet and utilizing appropriate treatments such as custom or prefabricated orthotics, individuals can alleviate pain and improve foot stability. Prioritizing proper foot care is crucial for enhancing overall quality of life for those with high arches.