Pes cavus, also known as high arches, is a foot deformity in which the arch of the foot is higher than normal. This condition can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired due to certain neurological or musculoskeletal disorders.
People with pes cavus may experience symptoms such as pain, instability, difficulty walking or running, and an increased risk of ankle sprains. They may also have difficulty finding comfortable shoes, as their high arches can make it difficult for shoes to fit properly.
There are several possible causes of pes cavus or high arches, including:
Treatment for pes cavus typically depends on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause. The primary goals of treatment are to relieve pain, improve stability and balance, and prevent the development of further foot problems.
Here are some common treatment options:
The role of physiotherapy in pes cavus may include: