Can High Arches Cause Foot Problems?


High arches due to an inherited foot shape are not as common as flat feet. They may lead to no symptoms at all, but they also could be the cause of tired, achy feet after strenuous activity or at the end of the day.

If your arches become rigid, there is no spring action to help absorb the stress of your steps. This can mean the hard impacts are transferred directly to bones further up the skeletal line, resulting in shin splints, knee joint pain, and other problems.

If your raised arches result from an underlying condition with your nervous or musculoskeletal systems, you may experience even more issues. Curled toes such as claw and hammertoes, conditions like plantar fascia or metatarsalgia (pain in the forefoot), and pain along the outer ankle from overstretched tissues can occur. Ankle instability (leading to frequent sprains), or drop foot (inability to lift toes correctly as you walk) are other complications that can result.

If you struggle with limitation and pain because of your high arches, contact Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center for an evaluation by calling (303) 423-2520 and scheduling an appointment at our Wheat Ridge, Golden, Evergreen, or Granby, CO, office today.

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