♦ What is considered a high arch foot?
The high arched foot like the flat foot varies greatly and does not have a set definition. A high arched foot is one in which, when the foot is on the ground there is “daylight” underneath the arch. As opposed to a flat foot in which the entire bottom of the foot comes in contact with the ground.
Many patients come to my office stating that they have always had flat feet when in fact they do not. All feet when standing will collapse to some degree due to the effects of gravity. If you are able to put your finger under your arch when standing then you in fact do not have a flat foot. There are varying degrees of low and flat arches. See Flat Foot Conditions on our website.
In the extreme case a very high arched foot is known as a Cavus Foot. In addition, just as in the flat foot, there are rigid and flexible high arched feet. The flexible high arched foot is good shock absorber whereas the rigid high arched foot does not absorb shock. When shock is not absorbed by the foot (high or low arched), it is usually transferred higher to the knee, hip or low back. On the other hand a flexible high arched foot is more susceptible to arch pain, heel pain and sprains.