High Arches May Be A Cause For Concern


There was talk in recent years of building a new Mizpah Arch as part of the Denver Union Station renovations. The old 65-foot one was taken down in 1931 because it was considered a traffic hazard. Another high arch that might be considered a hazard could be the one you have in your foot. Not as common as low arches (flat feet), raised arches can still lead to pain and problems. Here is how to know if you should be concerned about them.

If you have always had this foot shape, it is probably an inherited trait that won’t require treatment as long as it isn’t causing discomfort or difficulty. It may make it harder to find shoes to fit, but unless it becomes rigid and painful, you don’t need to be concerned.

If you notice your foot arch changing shape, however, or you are experiencing foot pain, it could be an indication of something else going on. An injury, a weakening of the peroneal tendon, a stroke, or a neurological or muscular disease can all lead to a highly-curved arch. We would need to examine you and run some tests to identify these underlying conditions.

Symptoms of cavus foot (another term for high arches) include a noticeable cavity or open space under the instep even when standing. If you walk more on the heel, side edge, or ball of your foot and form calluses there, that could be another indication. Another sign is the development of deformities like claw and hammertoes. Finally, pain is always a good indicator that something is wrong.

If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to consult with the expert foot doctors at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center. We have the equipment to test your nerve function, take images of your feet, and treat your pain. We can determine the diagnosis for your complaint and find the best treatment for your foot pain, whether that is conservative measures like orthotics and braces, or surgery to correct the foot structure.

Call (303) 423-2520 to set up an appointment at our Golden, Wheat Ridge, Granby, or Evergreen offices, or use our online form to contact us. You will find the effective and compassionate foot care you are looking for in our dedicated staff.

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