While flat feet are a common cause of chronic foot pain, the opposite problem can cause its fair share of complications, too. Arches that are too high may not properly absorb and distribute the shock of your movements, causing discomfort when you walk, run, or even stand in one place for too long.
Foot Conditions Related to High Arches
The arch of the foot is designed to lessen the impact of your steps and distribute your body weight evenly through your ankles, knees, and hips. A normal arch efficiently directs this force downward and provides balance as you shift your weight from foot to foot. However, extremely high arches can impair your gait and lead to a variety of problems, including:
- Heel pain. Feet with high arches place all of the weight of the body on two small areas: the forefoot and the heel. The pressure on the heel can result in plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis.
- Fractures. The balls of the feet may absorb too much impact when you walk or run, causing stress fractures in the bones of the forefoot and toes.
- Hammertoes. Your toes may be working overtime to provide balance for an overly-arched foot, causing tightness or pain associated with hammertoes.
- Corns and calluses. If there is a severe curve to the foot, you may have problems wearing shoes or suffer painful pressure injuries from an improperly-fitting pair.
Many cases of high arches can be treated without surgery. The foot specialists at Greater Washington Advanced Podiatry can create custom orthotics that fill the arch cavity and support the foot, and advise you on footwear choices to prevent injuries and maintain proper foot alignment.
If you are suffering pain in your feet or ankles, we offer free initial consultations and create a customized treatment plan to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Simply fill out our online contact form or call us at (301) 515-FEET to set up your first visit.