The opposite of flat feet: High arches

High Arches are a Cause of Foot Pain. The What, Why and How Dr. Harvey Danciger Can Help You Get Rid of High Arch Pain.
Do your feet have noticeably high arches? Is a high arch causing you pain in your foot? A high arch, also known as cavus foot, is a common foot deformity. Dr. Harvey Danciger of Palm Desert, CA, sees this condition regularly at his podiatric practice. High arches is a foot condition that should not keep you from doing the things you love.

What are the Symptoms of High Arches?
High arches cause pain and instability during your everyday activities. Activities such as walking or running contribute to pain in your arches. The cause and pain of high arches comes from an excessive amount of pressure put on the ball and heel of your foot.

Why You Have a High Arches
High arches develop at any age and happen in one or both of your feet. Common causes include:

  • A neurologic disorder or medical conditions like cerebral palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy or stroke.
  • The condition is inherited and family members are suffering its effects.
  • How to tell if you have high arches
  • Besides pain, you will notice a high arch in your foot if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
  • The arch of your foot looks higher than normal, even while standing.
  • Toes are claw like and are bent at the joint. This condition is also known as hammertoes.
  • A callus forms on the ball, side, or heel of the high arched foot.
  • The heel tilts inward, which creates instability and can lead to ankle sprains.
  • Your shoes have a significant indentation on the ends where the ball and heel rest.

How Dr. Harvey Danciger Help:
If your high arches are from a neurologic disorder or medical condition it is important to know that the condition can become worse. However, if your high arches are inherited, the arch will not become worse, but treatment is helpful.
In order for Dr. Danciger to treat high arches, he has to perform accurate testing to diagnose your problem. To get the right diagnosis for your issue, he will evaluate your feet and look at family history, muscle strength and walking patterns. Dr. Danciger will order x-rays if he wants to further assess your high arches.

What are Treatment Options for High Arches in the Feet?
There are a variety of ways to treat a high arch in the foot. Your treatment option for high arches will depend on foot pain and instability of the foot. Common treatment for high arches includes:

  • Custom made orthotics. Orthotics are the best choice to provide support and cushioning for your high arches. These orthotic inserts are custom made to the shape of your foot. You can also have them made right in our Palm Desert, CA office.
  • Shoe modification. Helps support the ankle and provide stability. High topped shoes, or shoes with a wider heel on the bottom, are often appropriate for your high arches.
  • Bracing. To stabilize the foot and ankle, braces help manage the function of the foot.
  • Surgery. If non-surgical treatment does not help alleviate your high arch pain and decrease instability, then surgery may be the option. Dr. Danciger will discuss if this is the right option for your high arches.

You do not have to live with high arch foot pain. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call our office to see Dr. Danciger. If you would like more information about foot pain, please order our complimentary book Why Do My Feet Hurt? All you need to do is fill out the request form, which is located on the homepage of our website.


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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle