Do You Have a ‘Hollow Foot’?

Published On: June 6, 2023

Often when we speak of structural foot pain, we are on the pendulum’s flat foot end; however, if that swings too far the other way to high arches, it can also cause foot pain. The medical term for high arches is pes cavus, Latin for “hollow foot,” whereas flat foot is pes planus meaning “foot plane.”

What kind of foot do you have?

Our chiropodists will be able to assess your feet and tell you what foot type you have. For your general information, look at your footprint. Do you have a lovely C-shape print in the middle? Can you see your whole foot outline? Is your one footprint divided with a disconnected heel? Look at the image on the reverse of this box to see what kind of foot you have.

High arches – mainly if they are flexible and adequately cared for – may be asymptomatic. However, in other cases, they can be painful. 

What can you do if your feet are in pain? 

People with high arches sometimes have difficulty finding shoes that fit and may require supportive cushioning. Children with high arches with difficulty walking may need medical attention to rule out neuromuscular disorders.

When you experience heel, arch, knee, or foot pain, it is associated with complications of poor foot function or structural issues. Your chiropodist can assess and prescribe custom-made orthotics uniquely designed for your foot, and a prescription orthotic is not the same as over-the-counter arch supports. 

Visit your chiropodist today for an assessment and treatment options for your high arches.


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