Most people know that a flat foot has its mechanical flaws, but less people are aware that high arched feet come with their own flaws, as well. A foot with a high arch is a common structural abnormality that can be difficult to live with. In this article, we will discuss:
- The structure of high arched feet
- Risks of having high arched feet
- Managing high arched feet
What are High Arched Feet?
Classified as a foot with an arch that is raised more than normal, high arched feet lead to excessive pressure on the ball and the heel of the foot. A bone or neurological condition can cause a very high foot arch, as well as genetics. While less common than flat feet, they can be highly inconvenient, and it is wise to consider both proactive and reactive Foot care when dealing with high arched feet. Of course, you will not be able to do much to change the high arch, but you shouldn’t ignore it.
Symptoms Of High Arched Feet:
- Underpronation(feet roll excessively outward while walking or running)
- Heel pain
- Pain in the ball of the foot
- Ankle pain
High Arched Feet Also Have an Increased Risk of The Following Pathologies:
- Ankle sprains
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain, arch pain)
- Calluses and Corns
- Clawed digits (curling of the toes)
- Metatarsalgia (pain at the ball of the foot)
Is There Anything You Can do About High Arched Feet?
There are things you can do to manage the pain that comes with having high arched feet. You can invest in proper footwear, and you will also benefit from seeking guidance from a qualified Foot specialist. It may seem like something you just have to “put up with,” but it is important to give it some attention so it doesn’t cause further problems.
The right footwear choices and a well-fitted pair of Custom foot orthotics can do a great deal in relieving pain and discomfort, as well as improve overall foot function. While proper footwear is the most important thing to consider, consistent self-care can also go a long way. There are foot stretches, such as toe curls and calf stretches, that you can incorporate into your daily routine that will help ease your foot pain.
When choosing footwear for a high arched foot, look for shoes that provide adequate cushioning and shock absorption. A contoured footbed/arch support, as well as a sole made of a dense foam, will likely do the trick. Over the counter Insoles may also help to redistribute the pressures along the bottoms of your feet as well as provide extra cushioning. Special additions such as heel cushions, arch pads, offloading pads, shock-absorbing top layers, and postings may be added as needed and as recommended by the prescribing health care professional.
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