I’ve got high arched feet- should I be worried?


Being born with high arches, or a Cavus foot type, just means that the structure of your foot holds your arch in a ‘higher’ position than that of a ‘flat’ or pronated foot type. Having cavus feet shouldn’t make you worry and you won’t automatically have pain and problems with mobility if you know how to look after your feet and body. If you do have high arches, it’s important to take measures to protect your feet and listen to your body. If you are feeling symptoms of pain or discomfort you should visit your local podiatrist for assessment and advice.

When walking along the beach or walking on concrete with wet feet, you might notice your footprints are slimmer than other peoples if you have cavus feet (see footprint guide below).

What causes high arches?

There are a few different things that can cause high arches, including genetics, injury, and certain medical conditions. If you have high arches, it can make it difficult to walk or stand for long periods of time and can also lead to pain in your feet and ankles. There are a few things that you can do to help relieve the pain, including completing regular exercises and stretches, wearing supportive shoes and using arch supports. If you have pain, it’s best to see a podiatrist.

How are high arches treated?

If you have high arches, visit your podiatrist for an assessment so you can create a treatment plan together that suits your lifestyle. A common treatment is completing an exercise and stretching programme to keep your body strong and stable. You might be required to wear custom-made orthotics that redistribute pressure and provide healthy support for your feet and legs.  

Get help today

If you have cavus feet, you may know the pain and frustration that it can cause You may have been told to just “live with it”, but there actually a lot that can be done to help you. Don’t suffer any longer, get the help you need today. Our Gold Coast Podiatrists are available for both in clinic and home visits