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High Arches

Alternate Names : Pes Cavus, Supinator

High Arches | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

If an underlying disease is the cause, it must be treated. Symptoms can often be relieved with the right shoes. Shoes should:

  • fit properly
  • have good shock absorption
  • have laces, which provide room for the foot
  • Specialty shoe stores may help because they can provide careful attention to shoe fit. Inlays and pads inside the shoes can support the arch and take pressure off the painful areas. Most over-the-counter inlays don't work very well because they don't provide enough support under the arch. Custom support devices called foot orthotics can be prescribed by a healthcare provider. They are often very helpful because they are precisely molded to the arch and provide extra support to relieve stress on the foot.

    What are the side effects of the treatments?

    If high arches are untreated, the person's ability to perform activities of daily living can be affected. It can be difficult for an individual to get enough exercise for cardiovascular health, so chronic health problems can develop.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Inlays and shoes should be checked often to make sure they are still in good working order. There should be no change in shape. Inlays must continue to support the foot.

    How is the condition monitored?

    A person with high arches should have periodic visits with a healthcare provider.

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    Author: Bill O'Halloran, DPM
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 05/18/01

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