Having an arch that is too high can cause major problems with the proper functioning of your feet, knees, hips, and back due to the gait problems that are created. Always have your feet evaluated by your foot care professional to determine your foot type and what arch support is right for you.
High arches are most often caused by a bone or neurological malady that is usually inherited. However, they can also be more prevalent in people suffering from conditions including muscular dystrophy, stroke, cerebral palsy, and polio.
Some of the symptoms of high arches include:
1) Pain in the foot, ankle, knee, hip, and back - Arch problems can radiate poor alignment right up your spine affecting many areas.
2) Other foot abnormalities - Individuals with high arches are more likely to develop bunions, hammertoes and claw toes. Calluses are also more prevalent on the heel and ball of the foot when high arches are evident.
3) Balance and stability problems - Poor foot mechanics caused by high arches increases the chances of ankle sprains and strains.
4) Dragging your feet - High arches can contribute to muscle weakening that may lead to the feet dragging when you walk.
Treatment for high arches involves the following:
1) Properly fitted shoes
2) Proper arch supports and custom orthotics
3) Specially made stabilizing braces
4) Surgery in severe situations
If you are having problems with high arches, we highly recommend that you consult our board-certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!