What Causes High Arches?

The size of the arch of the foot is variable. Some people have very flat arches, and some people have big arches. These can both be normal. Treatment is only required if the arch is associated with pain, deformity or high pressure on one area of the foot.

If the arch of the foot is high, there may be problems associated with this. If the heel is pointing inwards, it may rub on shoes, and there may be a large amount of pressure on the outer border of the foot, which leads to pain and hard skin. Sometimes, there is pain, especially with activity, and sometimes there are deformities of the toes, including clawing and hammering.

Sometimes the high arch can run in families. This may be part of a generalised disorder, involving nerves that go to muscles - a disease called Hereditary Sensory and Motor Neuropathy. Sometimes, there is no nerve disorder and this is just a familial trait, but this requires assessment.

If you have high arches, it is best to see an orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in foot and ankle surgery. You should have x-rays taken in a standing position - this will demonstrate whether the arch is really exaggerated, and will help to decide what treatment may be required, if any.

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