Our arches play an important role in our feet and greatly help us with mobility. They act as a coil and propel us with spring-like action. When our arches are too high, our feet tend to be more rigid and stiff and require proper alignment and stability. To tell if you have high arches, step onto cardboard with wet feet and see how well the heel and ball of the foot are connected. If there is a thin line or no line at all, you likely have high arches.
Do I need arch support if I have high arches?
Your podiatrist may recommend arch support if high arches are causing pain or a physical deformity. Otherwise, having high arches may not impede on your quality of life. However, if there is pain present, finding the proper arch support in your shoes can greatly reduce pain.
What kind of shoes should you wear if you have high arches?
It is important to look for walking shoes and running shoes that are well-cushioned and supported as the high arch doesn’t absorb as much of the shock with each step.
As a high-arched foot needs more space inside the shoe, look for shoes that have more volume. The personnel at a specialty running shoe store can show you which shoes have the most volume. There are many benefits to finding the best running shoe store in your area and getting fitted by an expert.
Unfortunately, many athletic shoes simply don’t have true arch support built-in. You may need to buy an arch support insole to replace the insole in the shoe to get the right support for a high arch.
To ensure you don’t end up with pain or a numb foot from the pressure of the shoelaces, you can also use lacing techniques. A wide-foot lacing technique is recommended, whereby you skip every other eyelet to reduce pressure on the top of the foot.
Can high arches be corrected?
While high arches typically do not require medical treatment, if pain results from high arches or there is an underlying condition or a structural abnormality, treatment may be recommended. Nonsurgical treatment of high arches, also known as cavus foot, may include one or more of the following options:
Orthotic Devices — Custom orthotic devices that fit into the shoe can be beneficial because they provide cushioning and stability to the foot.
Shoe Modifications — Shoes with heels a little wider on the bottom add stability and high-topped shoes support the ankle.
Bracing — A podiatrist may recommend a brace to help keep the foot and ankle stable. Bracing is also useful in managing foot drop.
If nonsurgical treatments fail to satisfactorily relieve pain and improve stability, surgery may be needed to increase stability, decrease pain, and compensate for weakness. The foot and ankle expert will choose the best surgical procedure or procedures based on the patient’s individual case. In some cases, surgery may be needed again in the future due to the progression of the disorder where an underlying neurologic problem exists.
If you or someone you know has high arches and is experiencing pain due to the condition, then come to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists today! Our team of expert podiatrists are experienced in treating high arches and can help you find relief! To speak with one of our specialists, contact our office today. Visit us online or simply call us to book an appointment.