High Foot Arch Problems

Most people don’t spend much time thinking about it, but feet are complicated structures. They contain a quarter of all the bones in the human body and are further comprised of many muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Though the inherent overall structure—toes, midfoot, heel, etc.—tends to be the same for most people, there is a lot of room for variances within a foot’s structure. One area where this is particularly evident is with the foot arches.

It would be easy to think that moderate arches, often considered to be “normal,” are the most common type, but low and high foot arches are not at all rare. Depending on the source, it is estimated that anywhere from 8 to 25 percent of people have arches that are higher than a moderate height.

Foot arch height differences can lead to an array of issues, as is seen with both high and low foot arches. With arches that are high—a condition known as cavus foot—there may be symptoms that need treatment we provide here at Houston Foot Specialists.

The arches play an important role in distributing forces across the foot. This happens while we are both stationary and moving. When walking, arches are instrumental for a biomechanical process known as pronation. This is a roughly fifteen percent inwards roll that the foot performs from the heel strike to the toes’ final push in a step. For those who have cavus foot, this inwards roll is less than the optimal fifteen percent. We refer to this biomechanical abnormality as supination and it causes excess forces to be placed on the outer edge of the foot.

In addition to, and as a result of, supination, high foot arches can lead to such problems as:

If you or any of your loved ones are experiencing issues from a higher than normal foot arch, contact Houston Foot Specialists and we will provide effective treatment to relieve painful symptoms and correct abnormal biomechanical processes. Of course, our Houston, TX office provides care for issues beyond those caused by high foot arches, so be sure to schedule an appointment whenever foot pain strikes. Give us a call at (713) 467-8886 or take advantage of our online form to contact us today.

Categories: Foot and Ankle Pain