Cavus Foot

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.

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