High Arched Feet

Medically known as Pes Cavus. All humans have a natural arch along the inner side of the foot, some higher than others. This condition is the opposite to flat feet whereby the arch is higher than the average height, the heel is tilted inwards (not always) and the body weight is distributed on the outer side of the foot referred to as excessive supination.

Very noticeable upon weight bearing whereby the arch just appears higher than usual.
The foot develops a tripod position where the body weight is distributed on the 1st and 5th metatarsal heads and on the centre of the heel bone sometimes accompanied by clawing of the toes. It may be hereditary, a normal variant or some underlying neurological condition that commonly causes it.

The symptoms in a person with high arched feet may vary depending on the severity and activity level of the person with it. There may be no pain or symptoms at all, however others may experience the following:

Corns and callus under the bases of the 1st and 5th metatarsals
– Ankle sprains are more common
– Pain in the arch area due uneven pressure distribution
Heel Pain and Calcaneal spurs
– Incorrect shoe fitting due to claw toes and high arches.