Everyone’s feet are different, from toe length, bone structure, to arch shape. We hear a lot about low arches and their associated problems, but there are people who suffer from the opposite: high-arched feet. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, we treat all types of foot and ankle problems and provide individualized care for patients to achieve strong and healthy feet! Dr. Russell Samofal has treated many patients with arch problems and can provide you with the relief you deserve!
What is it?
High-arched feet is a condition in which the arches are raised high beyond a normal level. Often hereditary, high arches can lead to a variety of problems such as ankle instability, heel pain, tight tendons, metatarsalgia, shin splints, and calluses. If you are unsure of what type of arch you have, you can check by wetting your feet and stepping onto a flat surface to look at your footprint. If the arch region leaves little to no print, you most likely have high arches.
After seeing a podiatrist for diagnosis, conservative measures are typically recommended to treat your high arches and the associated problems. Orthotics are helpful in providing more shock absorption during walking and exercise and in relieving pressure off of the forefoot and heel. Ankle instability, which can lead to ankle sprains and other injuries, is one of the biggest problems for people with high arches, so an ankle-foot orthotic may also be prescribed. In order to prevent recurrent ankle sprains and muscle tightness, it is important to perform ankle-strengthening exercises, and to stretch the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. In very severe cases, surgery may be necessary to change the arch structure.
No matter what type of treatment you need, Podiatry Center of New Jersey has the technology and expertise of board-certified podiatrist Dr. Russell Samofal. Dr. Samofal specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, so no matter how severe your condition, you have an experienced and trustworthy surgeon to help. Please call our office in Wayne, NJ at (973) 925-4111 for any questions and request an appointment here.