Pes cavus is the medical term for an abnormally high arched foot. It is the opposite of a flat foot and somewhat less common.
High arches – mainly if they are flexible or adequately cared-for – may be an asymptomatic condition. However, in other cases, high arches can be painful.
People with high arches sometimes have difficulty finding shoes that fit and may require supportive cushioning in their shoes. Children with high arches who have difficulty walking may need medical attention to rule out neuromuscular disorders.
Often when you experience heel, arch, knee or foot pain, it is associated with complications of poor foot function. An orthotic can be the prescribed medical device to address these issues. An orthotic is custom-made and is uniquely designed for your foot and no one else’s. For this reason, an orthotic is not the same as over-the-counter arch support.