A condition in which the foot arch is very high arch (Cavus foot) and places an excessive amount of weight on the ball and heel of the foot.
This can lead to a variety of signs and symptoms, such as pain and instability.
It can develop at any age and can occur in one or both feet.
Ball of Foot Ankle Pain
High arch is often caused by neurological disorders/medical conditions, such as cerebral palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, spina bifida, polio, muscular dystrophy or stroke. Cavus foot can be an end result.
In other cases of cavus foot, high arches may be an inherited structural abnormality.
Determining whether the Cavus foot is a hereditary or a neurological disorder distinguishes treatment solutions.
In some cases a doctor may recommend a brace to stabilize the foot and ankle.
For most high arches, high-topped shoes with heels wider at the base add extra stability.
Custom orthotic devices that fit into the shoe can be beneficial as they provide stability and cushioning to the foot.