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High arches can be caused by a variety of factors. It is often hereditary, but can also be caused or made worse my various injuries and medical conditions. These include neurological disorders, cerebral palsy, congenital clubfoot, post-traumatic bone malformation, and a shortening of the plantar fascia or Achilles tendon.
Some people not experience significant pain or discomfort due to high arches. However, high arches can increase risk of injury and, in some cases, can become very painful. In order to lower your risk of injury, you may want to consult with a doctor about ways to prevent injury. If high arch is brought on by a larger medical condition, it is likely to worsen over time. If you experience frequent pain from non-hereditary high arches, it is wise to seek treatment so that symptoms do not grow worse.
Our feet are designed to flatten slightly when we take a step. This effect, known as pronation, helps with balance and provides shock absorption. People with high arches tend to experience under-pronation. Because of this, pain and injury from high arches can be prevented by wearing flexible shoes with a moderate amount of cushioning in the arch. This will help feet absorb shock more effectively. Stretching your feet, ankles and calves before and after exercise can also help increase the feet's flexibility while strengthening the ankles helps compensate for low stability in the feet.
High Arch does not always need to be treated surgically. Unless the condition causes severe pain, various conservative treatments can alleviate the discomfort brought on by High Arch. These treatments include physical therapy including foot stretches and exercise, massage, and chiropractic care. Orthotic devices, custom shoes, or a brace can help stabilize the foot and ankle in order to alleviate pain and lower risk of injury. In more extreme cases of High Arch, surgery is used. A surgeon may treat the soft-tissue, lengthening the Achilles tendon or Plantar Fascia, or he may choose to stabilize the bones of the foot. If High Arch is the result of a neurological condition, surgery may be required more than once if the condition progresses.