High arches are often thought of as a great alternative to flat feet. However, high arched or cavoid feet cause plenty of their own problems. This foot type may be hereditary or acquired through neurological, orthopaedic or neuromuscular conditions.
A high arched foot is an unstable foot. It is regarded as being rigid and non-shock absorbent and having reduced ground contact area. The body is essentially balancing on just a small surface area (the heel and the ball of the foot) causing abnormal plantar pressures in the foot and stress in the lower limb muscles as they try to stabilise the body over the foot.
Common foot pain complaints include metatarsalgia, pain under the greater toe joint, plantar heel pain, callousing and ankle arthritis. Other concerns with the high arch foot include clawed digits, shoe-fitting problems, lateral ankle instability, lower limb stress fractures, knee and back pain.
People who have high arches most often need foot support. Your podiatrist can help to support your high arched feet, increasing their stability and decreasing the strain on the foot and lower limb. We will also recommend appropriate shoes to help absorb shock whilst walking.