Don’t Let High Arches Keep You Down!

By David Ehrlich, DPM, FACFAS

High arched feet, or pes cavus deformity, is a condition where the arch of the foot is excessively elevated, causing discomfort and potential health issues. Although flat arches are more commonly discussed and treated, higher arches can be equally debilitating. Understanding the diagnosis and treatment options for this condition is essential for those seeking relief.

Diagnosing pes cavus typically involves a physical examination by a podiatrist. X-rays and imaging may be used to assess the extent of the arch elevation. Patients should also provide a medical history, as pes cavus can be associated with neurological conditions. Additionally, a high arch may progress over time and lead to more severe smyptoms.


Luckily, many treatment options exist for addressing pain related to high arches:

1. Orthotic Devices: Custom-made orthotic insoles can help distribute pressure evenly, reduce pain, and improve stability.

2. Physical Therapy: Strengthening exercises can enhance muscle balance and improve gait.

3. Footwear: Supportive, cushioned shoes with arch support can alleviate discomfort.

4. Surgery: In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to correct deformities, stabilize the arch, or release tight tendons.

Our office specializes in diagnosing and treating high arched feet. We offer personalized treatment plans tailored to individual needs, whether through non-invasive methods or surgical solutions. Dont let pes cavus deformity limit your mobility and cause discomfort

Consult with us to take the first step towards healthier, happier feet.


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