What is a High Arch Foot?
High arch feet are feet with arches higher than normal. Sometimes very slight lateral arch can be seen during plantar pressure tests. Due to the abnormal foot biomechanics, people with high arch feet are also more likely to suffer from forefoot pain, knee pain and low back pain.
- Congenital factors, including first metatarsal plantar flexion, spasticity of the peroneus longus or posterior tibialis, weakness of the peroneus longus and peroneus brevis muscles, etc.
- Possibly hereditary factors, say neurological disorders (e.g Charcot’s Neuroarthropathy), poliomyelitis, spina bifida, spinal dysgenesis, etc.
- High arch of the foot
- Fatigue, sprains, muscle aches and pains when exercising or walking
- Narrow lateral arch as shown in plantar pressure tests
- Prescription Custom Foot Orthoses : Improve foot deformity, support the arch effectively, increase the contact surface, redistribute pressure and stabilize the gait to avoid tendon strain or discomfort
- Choosing the right footwear
- Shoes with movable tongues and adjustable laces: Provide enough room to the foot to avoid overcrowding at the instep
- Extra-depth toe box: High arch feet tend to have tight tendons and sometimes lead to claw toes. Extra space help prevent overcrowding at the toe box
- Moderately stiff sole: Redistributes plantar pressure and improves shock absorption while avoiding instability on the heel during walking
- Deep heel counter shoes: Reduce the risk of ankle sprains
- Calf stretching exercises: Keep your upper body straight and tilt your feet upwards on a tendon stretcher (commonly known as a stretching board) to relax the calf muscles.
- The foot rollers can be used to massage the plantar fascia by stepping on them with bare feet and moving the feet back and forth.