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High Arched Feet Tustin Podiatry Clinic in Tustin, CA.
High Arched Feet Treatment Q & A
If you have high arches and are experiencing discomfort from them, come to Tustin Podiatry and seek treatment with one of our podiatrists. We can help provide treatment options such as orthotics. Call us today for more information or schedule a consultation online. We serve patients from Tustin CA, Irvine CA, Garden Grove CA, Orange CA, Anaheim CA, Costa Mesa CA and Lake Forest CA.
Every foot has an arch. Some are lesser, leading towards a flat foot, while some are greater. When the arch is greater, it is simply referred to as a “high arch.” A barefoot footprint from someone with high arches tends to look more like a shoe print, with no discernible connection between the pad of the foot and the heel.
What do high arches in feet mean?
Although it is not always the case, high arches can sometimes lead to aches and pains and other issues like shin splits and plantar fasciitis. Everybody’s feet have arches, but the question is: how do you know if your arches are high? Step onto a piece of cardboard with wet feet and look at your footprint. A very high arch means that you will only see the imprint of your heel and forefoot. A moderately high arch will show a thin line down the outside of your foot. It is a fairly common trait, which if not caused by an underlying illness, is probably genetic. What you do for your high arches is up to you. Traditional podiatrists often suggest that people with high arches get fitted into orthotic inserts and supportive shoes.
What can a podiatrist do to help with my arched feet?
The podiatrists at Tustin Podiatry can prescribe custom-made orthotics to properly align the foot and provide comfort and stability. This will greatly help to reduce the force being placed on the heel and ball of the foot and spread it out more evenly with the rest of the foot. We can provide you with advice on the best footwear to accommodate the depth and width of your foot.
What problems do high arches cause?
A person with clawfoot will have high arches, even when standing. Some people with pes cavus have a tendency to tilt their heels inward and place more weight on the ball of the feet and therefore the heel. This will cause bending and clenching of the toes and there may even be calluses in these areas. When standing or walking, some patients with high arches experience pain within the top and middle areas of their foot. A variety of people with cavus foot have difficulty fitting into shoes. Another susceptibility for people with high arches is frequent ankle sprains due to the constant imbalance of the foot.
As with any injury, your doctor is going to be the best source for recommending the acceptable treatment method for high arches, especially if there’s an underlying condition causing it. If your foot is flexible and you’re not experiencing any pain, you may not need any treatment for cavus foot. A shoe insole or orthotics may help provide stability and alleviate pain when walking. They also reduce pressure and help with shock absorption. In rare cases, a podiatrist may recommend surgery to lessen the arch and flatten the foot. This is often usually only the case if non-surgical treatment fails to alleviate pain and improve stability.
If you or someone you know has high arched feet and is experiencing pain, come to Tustin Podiatry Clinic today! Our team of foot and ankle specialists can help you find relief. To talk with an expert, contact our office today. Visit us online or give us a call to schedule an appointment at our clinic.