Your High Arched Feet May Be Hindering Your Daily Lifestyle
If you have high arched feet than you may have a condition called Cavus Foot. High arches can become apparent at various ages such as, at birth from a congenital abnormality or later in age from neurological disorders, trauma, or other medical conditions. High arches can exist unilaterally or bilaterally depending on the source of your condition.
What is the significance of having a high arched foot?
Your high arched foot (Cavus Foot) causes your body to disperse the majority of your body weight on the ball, outer aspect and heel of your foot. This is a major problem because when you are standing or walking there is a smaller area on the bottom of your foot that absorbs the shock of impact from your body weight. Therefore, these areas of your heel and mid-tarsal joints are prone to complications from the increased pressure they endure on a daily basis, which can also cause adverse effects to the rest of your body as well.
What kinds of complications or effects result from a high arched foot?
- Ankle Instability and Ankle Sprains
- Pain in the ball of the foot (Metatarsalgia) and/or in the sole and heel (Plantar Fasciitis)
- Achilles Tendon injury
- Muscle and Ligament Injuries
- Calluses, Claw Toes and Hammertoes
- Pain and Degeneration of Joints of the Lower Extremity
- Stress Fractures to Bones of the Foot, specifically Jones Fractures.
- Other Issues, such as, Shoes usually don’t fit properly and Decreased exercise, which may lead to other health problems
- This is just a short list of complications, but as you can see, many problems can arise as a result of your high arches.
So how can you be certain that you have high arched feet?
Start by assessing whether or not you are experiencing some common symptoms of high arched feet, which include:
- Pain in the ball of the foot and heel
- Calluses amongst these high impact areas
- Stiffness along the middle portion of your foot
- Pain in the joints of the lower extremity, especially within the ankle region
- Cramping and soreness in the arch area or outer foot
- Pain at the outside ankle
- Frequent ankle sprains
- You can also dip the bottom of your feet in water and then step on a dry piece of paper. If there is a thinly defined wet imprint near the middle of your foot and dark imprints near the heel and ball of your foot then you are more likely to have high arched feet.
However, you should see a podiatrist in order to assess the severity of your high arches and what precautionary/treatment measures can be taken to relieve your symptoms.
Here are some precautionary / treatment measures that you can take or your Austin Foot and Ankle podiatrist may recommend:
- Wear properly fitted shoes with a good arch and cushioning support.
- Try to maintain a healthy body weight in order to decrease the pressure on your feet.
- Attempt low impact exercises such as, using an elliptical rather than a treadmill.
- Invest in prescribed, custom foot orthotic devices that help absorb shock, distribute weight evenly and support your foot properly.
- Surgery may be necessary if condition is severe.
The pain and conditions associated with your high arches may be hindering your daily lifestyle, but that is not a reason to give up on the activities that you love. Rather, you should take the proper measures to treat your high arches with care in order to avoid any future problems.