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Understanding Cavus Foot: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Jul 21, 2023 | Cavus Foot, Foot Conditions

A cavus foot type, also known as a high-arched foot, is a condition in which the arch of the foot is abnormally high. This can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, instability, and difficulty with balance.

Some of the most common symptoms of cavus foot include:

  • Pain: People with cavus foot often experience pain in the ball of the foot, the heel, or along the outside edge of the foot. This pain may be intermittent or constant.

  • Difficulty with balance: The high arch of the foot can make it difficult to maintain balance while standing or walking.

  • Instability: In some cases, people with cavus foot may feel as though their foot is unstable or wobbly, particularly when walking on uneven surfaces.

There are several different treatments that may be recommended for cavus foot, depending on the severity of the condition and the specific symptoms that a person is experiencing. Conservative treatments may include:

  • Orthotics: Shoe inserts that can help to provide support and cushioning for the foot, reducing pain and improving stability.
  • Physical therapy: Exercises to strengthen the muscles of the foot and ankle can help to improve balance and stability.
  • Bracing: In some cases, a brace or splint may be used to support the foot and ankle and prevent further injury during sporting activities.

In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the position of the foot and reduce pain and instability. Fortunately, many parts of the surgery can be performed with minimally invasive techniques. Surgery options may include:

  • Tendon transfers: This involves moving tendons from one part of the foot to another in order to improve stability and balance.
  • Osteotomies: In this procedure, a surgeon will cut and reposition a bone in the foot in order to improve the overall alignment of the foot and reduce pain.

  • Fusions: In some cases, fusing together two or more bones in the foot may be necessary in order to stabilize the foot and reduce pain.

If you suspect that you may have cavus foot, it is important to consult with a medical professional as soon as possible in order to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. With the right care, people with cavus foot can continue to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.

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About Dr. Salvatore Meleca, DPM

Salvatore Meleca, DPM is a highly respected foot and ankle surgeon with extensive training and experience in podiatric medicine. He completed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, where he was mentored by Dr. Ettore Vulcano, a world-renowned orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. Under the directorship of Dr. Jacob Silverstone, Dr. Meleca completed a 3 year surgical residency, performing and participating in various specialty surgeries such as orthopedics, plastics, vascular and more. His greatest qualities that are brought to his foot and ankle care are his sophisticated approach to conservative treatments, his careful surgical procedural selection, and his capabilities in performing minimally invasive technique surgeries.

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