Having high arches are often inherited, but it can also be caused by a bone disorder or neurological problem. The arches remain high and inflexible even when under pressure from your weight. A properly functioning arch is balanced and flexible and works in coordination with the tendons to support the foot. When an arch is rigid, it prevents pressure from being equally distributed across the front of the foot to the heel area. People with high arches are also more susceptible to developing toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes.
While some people who have rigid high arches don’t experience any problems, the majority of folks will experience balance problems and ankle instability. These issues can lead to more frequent ankle sprains and strains, so be sure to see your foot doctor to help prevent future problems.
3 possible treatments for high arches include the following:
- Properly-fitted and supportive shoes—Choosing footwear with a low heel cup will help provide better ankle support and increase stability.
- Custom orthotic inserts—A wide variety of inserts and arch supports can be custom made to fit your precise foot shape and provide the proper support and cushioning.
- Surgery—In some rare situations, surgery may be necessary to lower the arch and restore some flexibility.
If you are experiencing problems with high arches, see your podiatrist for the proper care. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors that includes Geoffrey C. Epstein, DPM, Matthew J. Tavroff, DPM, Stuart B. Leon, DPM, and Robert J. Leon, DPM is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.