If you have a high arch foot, you’re also more likely to experience hammertoes, ankle instability, and calluses. At Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey, serving people of all ages in Millburn, Livingston, Union, Springfield, Florham Park, Short Hills, West Orange, Maplewood, and Summit, New Jersey, Jay Bhuta, DPM, and the team specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of high arches. Using safe, effective treatments, they can minimize pain and restore your mobility. To receive care for a high arch foot, call the office or book online today.
Arches are the slightly curved areas of skin, muscle, and soft tissue that run from your heels to the balls of your feet. They help you maintain balance and encourage mobility.
Normal arches are only slightly curved, but some people have abnormally high arches. This can occur due to genetics or an underlying health problem like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or spina bifida.
If you have a high arch foot, you’re more likely to experience foot-related health problems. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of complications.
High arches increase your risk of various foot and ankle problems, including:
Plantar fasciitis causes your plantar fascia –– a band of thick, fibrous tissue that runs from your toes to your heels –– to become swollen and inflamed. Over time, plantar fasciitis triggers excruciating heel pain, making it difficult to stand, walk, or exercise.
Metatarsalgia causes inflammation in the ball of your foot. Common symptoms include aching or burning pain, tingling or numbness in your toes, or the sensation of having a small pebble in your shoe. Metatarsalgia typically worsens over time, making it difficult to stay active.
Hammertoe occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles that help hold your toe straight. It causes a permanent bend in the middle joint of one (or multiple) toes that gradually stiffens over time. When left untreated, a hammertoe may become rigid and require surgery.
To diagnose a high arch foot, Dr. Bhuta reviews your health history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and physically examines the soles of your feet. He then assesses your gait and the wear pattern on your shoes.
If these measures don’t provide enough information to make a diagnosis, he might order additional testing like X-rays, a nerve conduction velocity study, or electromyography.
Treatment for a high arch foot depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Dr. Bhuta might recommend:
You might also benefit from regularly icing your feet or taking over-the-counter pain medication.
To receive treatment for a high arch foot, request an appointment at Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey today. Call the office to speak with a member of the staff or book online.