Causes and Types of High Arches

Understanding pes cavus, commonly known as a high-arched foot, is essential for managing its impact on foot health, especially as you age and the risk of falls increases. Pes cavus can develop due to various reasons. Included are nerve conditions like Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, spine issues, or past polio infections, leading to muscle imbalances and weakness in the feet and ankles. The three main types of pes cavus are when the heel is turned inward, pushed up, and when the arch is just very high. Each type has its own signs and can be seen on special X-rays. Symptoms of pes cavus can include foot pain, feeling unstable when walking, and having trouble finding comfortable shoes, which usually get worse as the arch gets higher. Treatment usually starts with non-surgical options like custom orthotics and exercises to improve balance. In more severe cases, surgery might be needed to fix the foot's shape and reduce pain. If you are experiencing foot pain or balance issues that may be related to high arches, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and diagnosis.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Frank Henry, DPM from Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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