There are two types of abnormalities to a normal foot arch – flatfoot and high arch. While flatfoot is the lack of an arch, high arch is the exact opposite. If you think you have this painful condition, the skilled doctors at SOFLLEX are here to correct it.
What is High Arch?
High arch, also called cavus foot or pes cavus, is a disorder defined by the arch being much higher than it should be, leading to only a small portion of the foot touching the ground. Compared to flatfoot, which is often painless, high arched feet can be very painful, as too much weight is distributed to the ball and heel.
Some of the most common causes include muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or congenital defects.
Symptoms of High Arch
- A very noticeable arch in the middle of your foot
- Pain when standing or walking
- Foot instability
- Hammertoes or claw toes
Cavovarus Foot Correction Treatment
In some cases of high arch, orthotics are used to provide extra support when walking. However, surgery is often necessary to correct the issue. The doctors will usually do this by cutting and repositioning bones, transferring tendons, and tightening ligaments. Possible surgical techniques can include:
The doctor could opt to perform a dorsal opening wedge osteotomy. During this procedure, we will correct the high arch by placing a bone graft on the medial cuneiform bone.
In addition to a bone graft, the doctor will also complete a tendon transfer, resulting in a new arch.
Joint Fusion (Arthrodesis)
During a joint fusion procedure, we will fuse the foot bones, which removes the space between them. This prevents the bones from moving, providing relief from pain.
Looking for High Arch Treatment in Palm Beach Gardens?
If you have high arch, there’s no reason why you should have to live through the pain. Contact the friendly team at SOFLLEX today to schedule a consultation.