High Arches. is a condition called in medical terms Cavus foot which is the opposite to Pronation, Flat foot.

High Arches is an excessively raised arch (also called instep) on the bottom of the foot. The arch runs from the toes to the heel. It is also called pes cavus.

Unlike flat feet, highly arched feet tend to be painful because more stress is placed on the section of the foot between the ankle and the toes (metatarsals).

Most people have an arch along the inner side of the foot, leaving a gap between the ground and the foot. Some feet have a higher than average.

This is the opposite of a flat foot or pronated foot. In combination with a higher arch, the ankle may be "rolled" outwards slightly. Because of this, an excessive amount of weight is placed on the ball and heel of the foot when standing.

Contrary to popular belief when discussing high arches or pronation the real definitions of "average" are rather poorly defined.

Some people have low arches without problems or health matters although flat footed people may become affected with problems, but this isn't always the case.

Many people are born with the feet having no arch or extremely low ones in the foot. High arches-contrary to popular belief-are beneficial sometimes. In fact, some people having them have no significant issue or troubles with their health. But sometimes, yes, they may lead to problems.

Army studies have found that recruits with the highest arches have the most lower-limb injuries and that flat-footed recruits have the least.

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High foot arches are much less common than flat feet. However, they are more likely to be associated with an orthopedic or neurological conditions.

Signs and Symptoms will appear high when standing. They may be

• Hammertoes (bent toes) or claw toes. (toes clenched like a fist)

• Calluses on the ball, side, or heel of the foot.

• Pain when standing or walking.

• An unstable foot due to the heel tilting inward, which can lead to

Ankle Sprains.

How is the high curvature of the foot treated? Initially a careful investigation is needed to rule out any neurological condition is causing the high arched foot. If any.Generally, treatment can involve:• The use of foot orthotics or insoles to support and protect the foot and relieve pressure areas. ( A Podiatrist will give you an accurate diagnosis)Should you bee in need of orthopedic inserts visit •

www.barkers-ringwood.co.uk Different sorts of pads made from silicone or felt can be used to get pressure off the painful areas

• If corns and callus are present, they can be treated by a Podiatrist.

• Proper fitting of footwear is important.

• In very sever cases, especially if pain is present and the height of the arch is progressively increasing in height, surgery may be considered.

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