High Arches or Pes Cavus

High-arched feet, also known as pes cavus refers to an individual’s foot posture. In this case, the arch of the foot is raised, causing the middle of the feet to be higher than normal. This condition can cause issues in the heel and balls of the feet, as the excess pressure is redistributed to those areas. For comprehensive pes cavus treatment, Melbourne residents can visit one of our clinics.

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  • People often report that they are walking on the ‘outside’ of their feet
  • Aches or pains in the balls of the feet
  • Aches or pains in the heels or arches of the feet.
  • Shoe-fitting problems
  • Ankle instability
  • Increased risk of stress fractures
  • Knee, thigh, and hip problems


  • Genetic factors — high-arched feet can be hereditary.
  • Existing condition — patients may have an underlying neurological, orthopaedic, or neuromuscular condition.

Effective Pes Cavus Treatment at our Melbourne Clinics

Without pain associated with the lower limbs, there is no pressing need f\r pes cavus treatment. Melbourne patients with high-arched feet that cause them pain, however, may need to see their local podiatrist to make sure they receive a correct diagnosis.

There are several ways to treat foot pain depending on the diagnosis. Conservative management of patients with painful high-arched feet typically involves strategies to reduce and redistribute plantar pressure loading using foot orthoses and specialised cushioned footwear.

Other therapies include stretching and strengthening of tight and weak muscles, debridement of plantar callosities, osseous mobilisation, massages, and strategies to improve balance. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

For long-lasting pes cavus treatment, Melbourne residents can contact Comfort Feet on 1300 DR FEET or visit one of our local clinics.

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