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What is a Pes Cavus Foot? | Find Your Stride | Edinburgh Podiatrist

Pes cavus, high arch foot
An example of a Pes Cavus foot

Pes Cavus foot, often described a as high-arched foot, is a condition characterised by an abnormally high arch profile of the foot. Pes Cavus can cause significant discomfort and limitations in mobility or footwear options for those who experience it.

Symptoms associated with Pes Cavus include raised forces acting on the heel and balls of the feet, which can lead to foot pain, callus, instability, and even deformities. Many individuals with Pes Cavus have difficulty with footwear, as typical shoe designs do not always accommodate this foot shape. Slip on or shallow shoes can be very difficult to wear due to irritation at the dorsum (top) of the foot, which is typically prominent.

Podiatrists are well placed to help manage Pes Cavus feet, they can provide a thorough evaluation and offer advice on treatment or footwear options. This may include the use of custom orthotics, which help distribute weight more evenly and support the feet. Strengthening exercises can also be beneficial for improving stability (particularly at the lateral ankle) and reducing pain.

It is important to note that the underlying cause of Pes Cavus foot can vary from person to person. In some cases, it may be related to inherited conditions or neurological disorders such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or Cerebral Palsy. Identifying the root cause is therefore essential when developing an effective treatment plan.

Overall, Pes Cavus foot can significantly impact an individual's quality of life. However, with proper management, the associated symptoms can often be alleviated, allowing individuals to maintain an active and pain-free lifestyle. By understanding the condition and seeking professional help, those with high-arched feet can find the support and guidance needed to overcome the challenges posed by Pes Cavus feet.

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