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The Highs and Lows of High Arches: Understanding and Improving This Common Foot Condition

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

When the arch of the foot is abnormally high, this ailment is known as high arches or cavus foot. This can lead to a number of issues for today's society, such as foot and ankle discomfort, trouble walking, and an increased likelihood of calluses and blisters.

There are several potential causes of high arches. The illness can be present from birth in a small percentage of persons, or it can emerge later in life in those who suffer from neurological disorders such cerebral palsy or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Incorrect footwear or a lack of stretching and strengthening exercises can also contribute to high arches.

High arches have an uncertain future that depends heavily on developments in medical treatment and prophylactic measures. But new therapies and technology will be developed to better control the illness and lessen the likelihood of consequences.

Whether or not towering arches were frequent among hunter-gatherers is unclear due to a lack of data. However, those with high arches are more likely to have struggled to move around and stay alive in this setting because of the disease.

In case you didn't know these five things, here's some info regarding high arches:

Instabilities in walking and a greater propensity to fall are associated with high arches.

Foot, ankle, and lower limb pain and discomfort may result from this disorder.

Issues with gait and posture may arise from high arches disrupting the normal alignment of the lower limbs.

Bunions and hammertoes are only two examples of the foot abnormalities that may become more common as a result of this illness.

Some people with high arches may benefit from orthotic shoe inserts, while others may need more invasive procedures like physical therapy or even surgery.

If you suffer from high arches, you can try one of these four exercises.

Exercise your calves by standing on your toes and lowering yourself back down to the floor. Ten or fifteen more repetitions of this exercise are in order.

For toe curls, just put your feet flat on the floor while sitting in a chair. Pull your toes as close together as you can and let go. Ten or fifteen more repetitions of this exercise are in order.

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and a rolled-up towel under the arch of one foot to perform an arch stretch. The arch of your foot may be stretched by gently pressing down on the cloth. Maintain this position for 30 seconds, and then swap feet.

Squat down and put your feet flat on the floor while wearing high heels. Raise your heels off the floor and flex and extend your ankles. Ten or fifteen more repetitions of this exercise are in order.

Before commencing any workout programme to improve high arches, it is vital to see a medical specialist. Regular stretching and strength training can help improve mobility and reduce pain, but more intensive care may be required in some instances.

This blog article is for informative purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Before beginning any fitness programme or using any medication for a health problem, you should talk to a doctor.

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