4 Symptoms of High Arches


Having untreated high arches not only causes foot pain, but the condition also can cause major problems in the proper functioning of your knees, hips, and back. The pronation problems caused by having high arches can create gait abnormalities due to the improper movement of your foot. This misalignment can radiate up your spine. Having a computerized gait analysis performed by your foot doctor will determine your foot type and the correct orthotic inserts to properly support your arches.

The tendency to have high arches is inherited and the condition can be more problematic in individuals who have muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or stroke complications.

4 symptoms that you may have a problem with high arches include:

  1. Foot, ankle, knee, hip, and back pain—Many people are surprised by the amazing improvement that treating high arches has with back and knee problems.

  2. Additional foot abnormalities—People who have high arches are more likely to develop bunions and hammertoes. Skin conditions including corns, blisters, and calluses are also more prevalent.

  3. Problems with balance—The abnormal foot mechanics caused by high arches increases the chances of ankle sprains and other foot injuries.

  4. Foot dragging—Having high arches can contribute to muscle atrophy that may lead to a tendency to drag your feet when you walk.

Treatment for high arches involves the following:

  • Correctly measured feet and properly fitted shoes

  • Arch supports and custom orthotic inserts

  • Specially made stabilizing braces

  • Surgery may be necessary to correct severe high arches

If you are experiencing high arch problems, it is essential to seek the expert care of your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.