There is a moderate height for foot arches that is most conducive to an equitable distribution of forces on the feet when walking and running. Depending on the source, estimates are that only 40% of the general population has foot arches of moderate height. This means there are many individuals who have arches that are too high (or too low).
Having high, rigid arches is a condition known as cavus foot, which causes various issues in the feet, ankles, and beyond. When high arch pain is present, we may use orthotics for cavus foot that provide relief. This is achieved through greater arch support and gait correction (altering your abnormal biomechanical processes).
If you experience pain while walking or standing, develop calluses on the ball and outside edge of your feet, or have unstable feet and frequent ankle sprains, you may have cavus foot. There are three ways to determine if you do:
- One is to examine the wear pattern on the bottom of shoes that are frequently worn. If the outer edges have excessive wear, it can be an indication that foot arches are high.
- Another method is to take “the wet test.” This entails getting the bottom of a foot wet and then stepping on a brown paper bag or dry pavement. If the footprint shows the ball of your foot and heel connected by only a thin strip (or even no connection), then you may have this condition.
- The best way to be sure of your arch type is to come see us at Richardson Podiatry Associates. We can also perform a gait analysis to see how your arch style affects your pronation pattern.
When we mention orthotics for cavus foot, it is important to know that we are talking about custom devices prepared for your unique feet, and not shoe inserts available at the store. Sure, those inserts can provide additional arch support and even extra cushioning, but they are not intended to treat a medical condition. The orthotic devices we craft for you, however, have that exact intention.
If you have painful high arches, Richardson Podiatry Associates can help. You do not have to suffer from this, so call our Richardson, TX office at (972) 690-5374 and talk to one of our friendly staff members for more information. You can also take advantage of our online form to schedule your appointment today.