Pes Cavus (High arch feet)

Cavus foot is a condition in which the foot has a very high arch. Because of this high arch, an excessive amount of weight is placed on the ball and heel of the foot when walking or standing. It can develop at any age, and can occur in one or both feet.

A Cavus foot is unstable foot. People with a high arch feet have poor shock absorption during walking and running and are more vulnerable to injuries. Chronic lateral ankle sprains, foot and ankle pain and an unstable ankle leading to hammer toes and claw toes are all common problems associated with high arch feet.


A comprehensive podiatric assessment is recommended to prevent the progression of symptoms and ensure appropriate treatment is undertaken. At Sydney Foot Clinic, the following treatment options are offered for high arch feet;

  • Footwear recommendations/advice – footwear that will help to give stability to the foot and ankle.
  • Prescription of custom made orthotics – orthotics are designed to guide the posture/mechanics of the foot, redistribute the pressure, provide shock absorption and allow the muscles and tendons to perform more efficiently.
  • Pressure deflection.
  • Exercise programs – stretching and strengthening of tight and weak muscles are given to help with ankle stability, balance and range of motion.


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