Cavus Foot is not something that can be ignored. This condition occurs where the foot has a very high arch, causing many painful issues. Cavus foot consequently causes a disproportionate amount of weight to be put on the ball and heel of your foot when mobile. This will cause the ball of your foot to experience an excessive amount of pressure and friction as a result.
Cavus foot can produce a number of symptoms such as pain and unsteadiness. It can happen at any age and is often due to a neurologic disorder such as cerebral palsy, polio or muscular dystrophy (to name a few). Cavus foot may also be due to high arches that can be the result of a genetic abnormality. Symptoms include the formation of other foot problems such as hammertoes, calluses or ankle sprains. Those with cavus foot may tilt the balls of their feet inward and place more weight on them as a result. This can lead to bending of the toes and calluses. Pain is felt at the top and middle of the foot when standing.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Use orthotics to help provide your feet with stability and cushioning.
- Use high-top shoes for supporting your ankle and those with as low a heel as possible.
- Use braces to help keep your foot stable, decrease pain, increase stability, and make up for weakness in the foot.
Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM can appreciate the seriousness of cavus foot and the effect that it can have on your mobility and daily comfort. We recommend that you please contact us to schedule an appointment if you’re suffering from high arches. We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. Also, we have an exceptional Patient Education section that has many areas of information helpful to you for keeping your feet and ankles in the healthiest condition they can remain in!