Treatment for Cavus Foot

Published: 15th July 2009
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Q: What is the best way to treat Cavus Foot?



A: Cavus Foot can usually be treated using a combination of orthopedic devices that protect the foot from pain and provide the foot with extra support, especially when it comes to stability and balance (something that many people with Cavus Foot struggle to maintain).



• Proper Footwear. Podiatrists recommend high-topped shoes because of the extra support they give your ankle. If your Cavus Foot has resulted in secondary foot deformities such as hammertoe or claw toes (conditions where the toes are permanently bent), consider purchasing shoes with wide and tall toe boxes. This ensures that your toes will not be cramped (what often leads to these deformities in the first place). Make sure you are wearing adequately sized shoes. If one foot is particularly affected by calluses that are painful, hammertoe or claw toes, different sized shoes may be necessary to provide each foot with the comfort and support it deserves. If you are struggling with stability issues, then try shoes with wide heels. This may help improve your ability to balance.



• Orthotics. Think of orthotics as special padding for your feet. They can be rigid, soft or semi-rigid, and they are often customized for your specific needs by your doctor. Orthotics are inserted into your shoes (like Dr. Scholl's but more high-tech) and you should always go shoe shopping with your orthotics in hand (you may need to graduate to a bigger size in order to accommodate the orthotic device). Your podiatrist can help explain the way in which orthotics can reduce foot pain and improve strength and stability for people with Cavus Foot.



• Braces. In some cases external braces are necessary to help support and strengthen your ankle. Talk to your podiatrist for specifics.



• Pain Management. For some people, the worst part about having high arches is the pain they have to deal with on a daily basis. The ball of the foot and heel can become sore in particular, and calluses often form on these areas of the feet as well as the toes. Callus pads (available at any drug store) can help alleviate some of the pain. Clean and moisturize your feet regularly. Use a pumice stone to remove minor calluses, and talk to your doctor if you feel like your calluses are getting out of control.



• Surgery. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct Cavus Foot. This often depends on the underlying cause of your high arches (Cavus Foot can be a symptom of neurological disorders such as the Charcot Marie Tooth disease). Surgery is usually only recommended when pain and instability are particularly debilitating, or when a doctor believes that the symptoms are likely to get worse.



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