The Problem of High Arches

Having an overly high arch in your foot—a condition known as cavus foot—can cause a number of issues. At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle patients with cavus foot come in complaining of one or more of the following:

  • Pain when walking or standing
  • A feeling of instability in the foot, as if the ankle will give way
  • Deformities in the toes, such as claw toe or hammertoe
  • Calluses on the heel, side or ball of the foot

Tracking Down the Cause of Cavus Foot

Cavus foot can occur in patients at any age and may develop in just one or both feet. Diagnosing cavus foot is not necessarily difficult. The arch will look high when standing. The tricky part of this disorder is finding out the cause. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh will take your medical history and do a complete examination of your foot, checking for any abnormalities in the toes and checking for calluses. In addition, the podiatrist may check your muscle strength in your foot, observe you as you walk and even study the wear pattern of your shoes. Digital x-rays may be ordered as well. These can be done in either our Edmond or Norman office.

The reason for this wide variety of diagnostic assessments is that cavus foot can be cause by neurologic disorders, a faulty foot structure that may or may not be genetic, or a number of diseases and conditions including:

  • Polio
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
  • Spina Bifida
  • Stroke


Determining the cause of cavus foot is essential in order to prescribe the correct treatment. Also, the source of the high arch will affect whether or not you can expect the condition to progress or remain stable. The foot doctor has a number of nonsurgical treatment options available which include orthotics, bracing and custom-modified shoes. Surgery may be necessary in some cases. If you have noticed any of the symptoms of cavus foot, contact our office for an appointment to get your foot evaluated by calling 405-285-7408.