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High-arched foot

Unlike the flat foot, a high-arched foot, or pes cavus, has a hollow sole when standing. Rarer than the flat foot, it has nevertheless its own set of complications, including higher pressure on the forefoot and an increased chance of ankle sprain.


  • Increased pressure on the forefoot and the heel

  • Accumulation of corns and calluses under specific pressure points

  • Decreased shock absorption when walking 

  • Difficulty wearing shoes

  • Difficulty standing for a long period of time

  • Hammer toes

  • Pain around the toes, the Achilles tendon or the heel


 Often, high-arched feet are hereditary. In some cases, the onset of a high-arched foot in the young adult may indicate the manifestation of a neurological disorder. The evaluation of a podiatrist is therefore essential. 


 It goes without saying that it is easier to accommodate the foot than it is to change it. The treatment usually consists of treating the consequences of the high-arched foot, whether it is the skin problems or the biomechanical aspect through the use of custom foot orthotics. 

For more answers to your questions,
see your neighborhood podiatrist.

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