What Causes High Arches, and How Are They Treated?

What Causes High Arches, and How Are They TreatedWhat are high arches?

High arches, medically referred to as Cavus Foot, is when the arch of your foot is elevated more than normal. Although this is the opposite of , the symptoms and  are the same, according to Scottsdale specialist Dr. Mark Forman, DPM, M.B.A., F.A.P.W.C.A.

Symptoms of Cavus Foot:

Dr. Mark Forman notes that there are common symptoms of Cavus Foot including:
  • Foot pain while walking, standing, and exercising.
  • Difficulty finding properly fitted shoes.
  • Experiencing a smaller foot.
  • Bent toes appear when standing.
  • Calluses often form on the ball, the side, and the heel of the foot.
  • Inward tilted heel causing an imbalance in your stance

Secondary effects of Cavus Foot:

Cavus Foot, unfortunately, leads to other foot ailments. Dr. Mark Forman ensures his patients are mindful that the following ailments may occur:
  • – inflammation in the ligament that joins your heel to your toes, supporting your arches.
  • Metatarsalgia- inflammation in the ball of your foot causing severe pain.
  • Formation of claw-like toes when standing.
  • Hammertoe– bending at the joint of the second, third, and fourth toes.
  • Foot and ankle instability – heels are tilted toward the middle of your body affecting posture and increased risk of ankle instability leading to .

Home Remedies

Dr. Mark Forman and his professional team at Put Your Feet First suggest some home remedies to help ease the pain. These include:
  • Footpads
  • Night splints
  • with support
  • Icing your foot
  • Over-the-counter medication to help reduce inflammation
  • Stretching exercises
Although home remedies might help alleviate your pain temporarily, at Put Your Feet First, we are equipped to provide you with preventative measures.


Rather than store-bought , we custom-make orthotics that support every crevice of your foot. Dr. Mark Forman uses state-of-the-art technology to scan every detail of your foot creating a 3D image. This is a quick and painless method (in fact, your foot isn’t even touched). These orthotics can last one to two years depending on how often they are worn and the activities they are exposed to. Of course, Dr. Forman can be more specific with the duration after a consultation with you.
Dr. Mark Forman and others such as, have fully endorsed the use of orthotics as studies have proven their worthiness. It has been documented that orthotics provide the best support across the entire foot allowing for better balance, posture, and control.

MLS Laser Treatment

We are thrilled to have the latest state-of-the-art MLS Laser machine in our Scottsdale office. Treatments with the FDA-cleared laser have been found to be highly effective. Many people find relief with this treatment as it focuses on injured areas that have inflammation. The laser penetrates the wounded area decreasing the inflammation by burning off the dead cells and tissues allowing for new healthy growth to occur.


For some patients facing consistent extreme pain,might be an option.
Dr. Forman and his staff at Put Your Feet First want to help you heal with the least invasive methods. If it is necessary, then Dr. Forman and his superb team will meet with you to discuss the process and the care needed for pre and post-treatment.

Contact Us

We, at Put Your Feet First, do not just put your feet first, we put YOU first! Please schedule a consultation with us today to discuss the best approach to help you heal from your injury and prevent any injuries from occurring. Reach us through our website or by phone at 480.423.8400.
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