High Arched Feet
High arches are a condition where the area of the foot between the ball of the foot and the heel has a greater raised arch than normal. This type of condition usually develops as a result of an orthopedic problem with the bones or a neurological problem with the nerves. Patients with high arches tend to experience foot pain and may even develop a disability.
High arches are a progressive disorder of the foot, so treatment is necessary to counteract the pain and limit the dysfunction. Our podiatrists at the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers are very familiar with treating this condition. People with this condition also often have problems finding shoes that fit properly if the foot becomes deformed from the arch continually rising. We often prescribe custom orthotics, cushioned arch supports, and recommend comfortable and roomy orthopedic shoes. If you think you might have high arches, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our South Florida podiatrists and Palm Beach Gardens podiatrists will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or request an appointment online.
What are High Arches?
High arches are a condition where the instep of the foot between the heel and the toes is raised more than normal. This is often a hereditary condition; 50% of offspring will statistically inherit the same problem. In most cases though, the cause of high arches is another medical condition such as Cerebral Palsy, spina bifida, polio, or muscular dystrophy. Patients diagnosed with high arches can experience pain and discomfort because more stress and pressure is put on the toes and ankles. The medical term for high arches is pes cavus. High arches are the opposite of flatfoot.
Symptom of High Arches
Patients with high arches usually can experience foot pain when walking, standing, or running. The areas of the foot exposed to extra pressure and friction, which can result in calluses and even stress fractures. This condition makes it difficult to find regular shoes that fit properly. In some cases the raised arch causes a shortened foot length. Because this is a progressive condition, treatment is necessary to mitigate symptoms and alleviate pain.
Treatment for High Arches
Our treatment options for high arches include orthotics, special shoes with arch supports, and bracing. We also often use stretching exercises and massage to relieve the pain, increase flexibility, and alleviate pressure from the ankles and the toes. The doctors at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have had a great deal of success with treatment that provides pain relief for our patients. In more severe cases where orthotics and special shoe supports do not help relieve symptoms, surgery can help lower the arch of the foot back to a normal range.
Diagnosing High Arches
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for treatment for high arches? There can be a bit of apprehension when visiting a podiatrist in order to find out what is causing your foot pain or discomfort. The South Florida Foot and Ankle Centers doctors’ first priority is to address your area of concern and make you feel comfortable. Diagnosing high arches involves examining the foot and taking a look at your family and medical history. Your feet are tested for strength and coordination. The doctor will also examine the wear on the shoes. In some cases, x-rays will be taken. All of our doctors have extensive training and a great deal of clinical experience so they are able to give you all of the information that you need to help you make an informed decision, understand the options, and be a part of the treatment plan.
Your Next Steps
High arches can be a painful condition that worsens if left untreated. Our priority is relieving your pain and treating the condition. The experienced and knowledgeable podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers are very knowledgeable and have many years of clinical experience. We understand that caring and customer service are important qualities that you look for in a podiatry office.
Do these symptoms sound familiar? Contact South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers today for a comprehensive examination and treatment for high arches. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Palm Beach Gardens or at any one of our six locations throughout Palm Beach. Call 561-793-6170 to speak with a staff member or click here to request an appointment online.