High arches are often inherited or caused by a bone disorder or some type of neurological condition. The arch remains high and inflexible even when carrying a weight. A normal arch is balanced and flexible and works with the tendons to support the foot, but a permanently high arch prevents weight-bearing forces from being distributed from the front to the heel area.
High arches don’t always cause foot pain, but they can cause other problems ranging from balance issues to foot deformities. These can include hammertoes, bunions and calluses. Ankle sprains and strains related to instability are common among those with high arches. Gait inconsistencies may also result from high arches and can cause further problems with the knees and back.
High Arch Treatment
Each patient has unique issues related to high arches, so it is important to see a podiatrist for a thorough physical examination of the feet and a computer-aided gait analysis to observe balance and coordination.
Treatment for high arches includes the following:
- The right shoes—Footwear with a wide heel base and sufficient ankle support is essential.
- Orthotic inserts—A wide variety of inserts and arch supports that are fitted to your individual foot profile will provide the support and cushioning that your feet need.
- Surgery—For severe balance issues problems, surgery may be necessary.
If high arches are causing you pain and problems, contact your foot care professional today for proper treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.