We’ve previously looked at some of the issues that can arise on account
of cavus foot, but it’s also quite important to understand what
is available with regard to treatment options for high foot arches.
As with any foot or ankle condition we treat at Houston Foot Specialists,
we normally address high arch issues with conservative methods before
recommending surgical procedures. The good news is that nonsurgical options
can be quite successful, including:
- Shoe modifications – Footwear that features wide heels and high tops
provide stability and added ankle support.
- Bracing – A brace may also be used for stability, especially when
foot drop is also present.
Orthotic devices – This is a valuable treatment option because orthotics are customizable
to a patient’s unique feet and gait patterns.
Naturally, we hope to achieve the desired results through any of those
paths, but there are cases that require surgery to correct the condition
and provide optimal relief. Surgical procedures that can be used for cavus
- Tendon transfers – Some cases of high foot arches happen on account
of excessive pull from certain tendons and this might be corrected by
lengthening or moving a tendon.
- Bony surgery – Whereas some patients benefit exclusively from soft
tissue surgery, it may be necessary to make bone cuts to correct the structural
- Dorsiflexion osteotomy – Performed on the first metatarsal, this
procedure flattens out the arch through the removal of a wedge of bone.
This repositions the toe and reduces the height of the foot arch.
- Calcaneal osteotomy – We can use this procedure to reposition the
heel bone to its correct position under the leg.
- Fusion – There are cases—especially when a deformity causes
joint damage—where it is necessary to fuse an affected joint to
provide better structure.
- Toe surgery – Cavus foot can lead to various forms of toe deformities—hammertoe,
mallet toe, claw toe—and surgical procedures may be needed to correct them.
When cavus foot causes problems, Houston Foot Specialists can help. We
provide effective high foot arch treatment that relieves painful symptoms
and enables you to participate in favorite activities. Our Houston, TX
office offers comprehensive foot care services, so
contact us today. Call us at (713) 467-8886 for more information or request your