High Arches & Foot Pain

Updated November 21, 2016

If your feet have high arches, you are putting most of your weight on the heel and ball of your foot. High arches can result in instability and pain. A high arch can develop at any time and it can occur in just one foot, according to

Pes Cavus

Pes cavus or cavus foot is the medical term for high arch. According to, some people are born with high arches, which is considered an inherited structural abnormality. Often when an individual has a high arch, her ankle rolls outward a bit, which is the opposite of a "pronated" foot in which the foot rolls inward.

Clawed Toes, Calluses, Corns

If you have high arches, you might find it difficult to purchase shoes that fit. In addition to the high arch, you might have clawed toes, which makes it even more difficult to find comfortable shoes. You might develop calluses and corns under the bases of the first and fifth toes because of the shape of your foot. People who have high arches are more likely to sprain their ankles. You might find that your feet are stiff and that you experience pain in the arch area and that's because the arch is under a lot of pressure.

Foot Drop

High arched feet can lead to foot drop. This occurs because of muscle weakness in the ankle and foot. The foot actually ends up being dragged when walking. Sometimes this is an indication that there is a neurological problem.

Insoles, Surgery

Consider putting insoles in your shoes. These will relieve the pressure areas as well as protect your foot and will provide the foot with some support. If you have calluses and corns, have them treated by a foot doctor. If your arch continues to get higher and is causing you considerable pain, surgery is an option.

Footwear, Braces recommends that you wear shoes with heels that are wider on the bottom to provide stability. High-top shoes will support the ankles so should be considered. A brace can be applied, which will keep the ankle and foot stable and assist in dealing with foot drop, if it has occurred.

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Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.