Cavus Foot

  • Introduction

  • Conservative Treatment

  • Surgical Treatment

Cavus foot is commonly known as a high arch in the foot where the height of the arch can be severe to the point of deformity. This deformity presents with the inner edge of the foot raised higher than normal. The cause of cavus foot varies from person to person and often the reason for the deformity is unknown. In certain cases, it is the result of nerve disease, clubfoot, injury or previous medical conditions such as cerebral palsy or a stroke.

The effects of cavus foot include hammertoes, claw toes, and calluses on the heel or foot and pain is present when pressure is applied from either walking or standing. Due to the improper formation of the foot, the ankle is more susceptible to injury. However, foot drop can also be experienced due to weakening of muscles in the foot and ankle causing the foot to drag when walking.


Nonsurgical treatments include changing to shoes that are aimed at restoring the structure of the foot and provide cushion and support for the foot in order for it to be stable. Wearing shoes with high tops will support the ankle and a widened heel adds stability. Lastly, a brace can be worn to maintain stability in the foot and even prevent foot drop.

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If nonsurgical measures are not effective, surgery is performed to reduce pain and improve proper function. It can also deter the occurrence of sprained ankles and broken bones. Surgical intervention includes soft-tissue surgery which releases the tension on the tendon on the outside of the ankle which controls the height of the arch.

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