I Have High Arches. Now What?

I Have High Arches. Now What?

The arch of your foot is the curved area between your heel and the ball of your foot. If your arch is abnormally high, it can cause problems that range from occasional pain to permanent musculoskeletal issues. You can develop high arches at any age for a number of reasons, and they can occur in one or both of your feet. High arches affect about 20% of the population.

At the Foot and Ankle Institute of Coloradoour expert team of podiatrists wants you to understand what causes high arches, what living with high arches entails, and what your treatment options look like.

What are the symptoms of high arches?

While everyone is different, and symptoms of high arches can vary, these are some common ones to look out for:

You may also notice corns or calluses on the balls of your feet or on your heels. In addition, having high arches can cause so much pain that it can be disabling and affect your quality of life.

What causes high arches?

Some people are just born with naturally high arches, but they can sometimes be the symptoms of an underlying neurological disorder, such as:

Finding out the cause of your high arches is the key to proper treatment. If your high arches are due to a neurological condition, it’s likely to worsen over time. However, if they’re a result of genetics, they may stay the same.

Complications of high arches

Having high arches can lead to a multitude of complications with the health of your feet. High arches can cause the following conditions:

High arches can also cause you to have repeated ankle sprains and even hairline fractures in many of the bones in your affected foot.

Treatment options for high arches

There are a lot of treatment options for high arches, but the goal of any treatment is to stabilize your foot and compensate for any weakness as a result of your high arches.

Some things you can do at home or on your own to care for your high arches include:

If these treatments don’t do anything to relieve pain that comes with your high arches, surgery may be the best next step. 

If you have high arches and you’re having trouble managing your symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado for more information on how to treat your pain and inflammation. To schedule an appointment with us, you can use our online booking tool, or give us a call at 719-488-4664 today.

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