High arches are often an inherited condition caused by a bone disorder or neurological abnormality that is often beyond the control of the recipient. Since the arch remains high and inflexible even when weight is put on it, many problems can result. A normal arch is balanced and flexible and works with the tendons to support the foot, but a permanently high arch prevents weight-bearing stress from being properly distributed from the front part of the foot to the heel region, which subsequently can cause a variety of foot and ankle problems.
High arches don’t always cause foot pain, but they can cause a multitude of other problems ranging from balance issues to foot deformities like hammertoes and calluses. Ankle sprains and strains related to instability are also very common with individuals who have high arches. Gait abnormalities may also result from high arches and can trigger further problems with the knees, hips, and back.
Treatment for High Arches
Since each patient has his or her own issues related to high arches, it is important to see a foot care professional for a thorough physical examination of the feet to observe balance and coordination.
Treatment for high arches may include the following:
- Good shoe support—Footwear with a wider heel base and ample ankle support for better stability.
- Orthotic inserts—A wide variety of inserts and arch supports that are fitted to your foot will provide the additional support and cushioning necessary for healing.
- Splints and braces—Properly designed braces are excellent for stabilization and ankle support.
- Surgery—For the more difficult to treat cases and severe balance issues, surgery may be necessary.
High arches are often the cause of pain and discomfort, so contact your foot care professional today for proper treatment. If you are concerned about high arch problems, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!