When people talk about their foot problems, you’ll commonly hear complaints and concerns regarding flat feet or hyperpronation. However it’s far less common to hear people talking about their high arches. That’s because pes cavus, or high arched feet affects a much smaller percentage of the population compared to flat feet. In fact less than 10% of the population has pes cavus.
The natural assumption of “more is better” certainly does not apply to the amount of arch your foot possesses. It’s actually quite the opposite in that people with high arches tend to suffer with greater amounts of stress to their lower extremities and spine compared to those with flat feet.
High arched feet are very rigid in nature. They lack flexibility. They lack agility.
Although pes cavus in and of itself isn’t necessarily a foot condition, high arched feet often develop various types of musculoskeletal disorders. Due to their rigidity, cavus foot types can become very painful and stressed over time.
A condition common to high, rigid arched foot types is known as hammer toes. Hammer toes is diagnosed when the phalanges remain bent in a flexed position. This can become a rather painful and often disabling foot condition. Bony misalignments of the joints in the foot lead to an imbalance in the musculature, causing the toes to become flexed.
People with pes cavus foot types lack normal shock absorbing qualities in their feet. As a result there is an enormous amount of undue stress on the legs, knees and lower back region. High, rigid arches combined with strenuous activities may lead to stress fractures in the legs or the metatarsals (long bones of the feet).
It’s not uncommon for people with cavus feet to adopt the belief that they must learn to live with their foot pain. However, that is not the case.
Chiropractic adjustments to the heel, ankle, and mid foot region can greatly relax the tension associated with high arched feet. In many cases the entire foot will need to be addressed during the chiropractic adjusting process.
Foot adjustments will often lead to better foot function, shock absorption and flexibility, even on those patients who have previously given up hope.
If you or someone you know has high arches, there is a good chance they’ve experienced foot pain. Please share with them about the benefits of chiropractic adjustments for the bones and joints in their feet. A foot adjustment could greatly improve their health and lifestyle.