High Arches and Foot Pain Relief
Sometimes high arches are beautiful and useful, like the spires in a cathedral or the supports of a bridge. They are engineered to bear a lot of weight and form a functional structure. Your feet have arches to help absorb the impact of your steps and give you the power and flexibility to walk, run, and jump. They are the structures that support your whole body. If your arches are too high, however, a condition called cavus foot, you may have more issues than others with neutral or low arches.
The Problems with High Arches
A high foot arch can make you more prone to pain. Your arch can become rigid, and the joints between your bones don’t give at all to absorb the weight of your steps. This strain can cause them to ache. This arch style also puts more pressure on your heel bone and the metatarsal heads, causing pain in those areas.
The high curve on the top of your instep can make it hard to find shoes that fit, too. Athletic shoes or boots may not open up enough on the top of the instep to accommodate the height of your foot. Any shoes with straps over the top may not have enough room, either. If you stick with ballet flats and flip flops, there is room for your feet but no support for a high arch. High heels put even more weight on the ball of your foot, exacerbating metatarsal pain.
What Causes Cavus Foot
You may have inherited this foot structure from your parents. If this is the case, it will most likely not change over time and may not be a problem for you. As long as the structure remains flexible and you wear shoes that support it properly, you may be okay. If you start having pain, though, give us a call.
Many times, the cause is some sort of nerve disorder or medical conditions like polio, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or stroke. If that’s the case, then the condition can get progressively worse over time. Nerve problems can cause a related condition called drop foot, where weakened muscles don’t hold the foot up as you walk and it drags. This can cause instability or falls, leading to further damage.
Don’t Ignore Foot Pain
If you notice that your arch is highly curved, even when standing on it, and you have any pain issues, come into Aadvanced Foot Care Associates for an examination as soon as you can. We will consider your family history, look at your foot and walking gait, and see if your shoes show unusual wear. We may do imaging tests like X-rays to analyze the bone structure. We may also test your nerve function to look for underlying medical issues. Once we accurately diagnose your problem, we can find the best way to treat it.
Non-surgical treatment may include shoe modifications like wider heels and higher tops for stability. Custom orthotic devices can also help cushion the foot and provide a stable foundation. If foot drop is a problem, a brace may be prescribed to keep your foot and ankle in place as you walk.
If needed, we are experts at surgically correcting problems with high arches. Dr. Hal Abrahamson and Dr. Daniel E. Orozco have over 40 years of combined foot care experience and welcome the opportunity to help solve your foot concerns. Set up an appointment in our Rego Park, NY, office by calling (718) 896-4433, in Plainview at (516) 822-9595, or in Flushing at (718) 969-2266, and put your sore feet into our capable hands.