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High arches, also known as Cavus foot, is a condition in which the arch of the foot is higher than normal. The exact cause of high arches is not well understood, but several factors are thought to play a role, including:

  1. Genetics: Some people may inherit a genetic predisposition for high arches, and the condition may run in families.
  2. Neurological conditions: High arches can also be a symptom of certain neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or peripheral neuropathy.
  3. Trauma or injury: Foot or ankle injuries, such as fractures, can result in high arches as the foot heals and adjusts to compensate for the injury.
  4. Deformities: Certain deformities, such as clubfoot, can cause the arch of the foot to be higher than normal.
  5. Inflammatory conditions: Certain inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can cause the arch of the foot to become elevated.

High arches can lead to pain and instability, and can also increase the risk of developing other foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, calluses, and hammertoes. Treatment options for high arches may include custom orthotics, physical therapy, and in severe cases, surgery.

Houston’s Foot Doc Sherman Nagler has seen numerous cases of pain in an arch foot.  Please call Nagler Foot Center with any foot pain you may have.  713.529.1010