High arches are a common foot condition characterized by an exaggerated arch shape. High arches can be inherited or develop over time and, if left unaddressed, can predispose individuals to various foot complications. Podiatry Center of New Jersey wants patients to understand the conditions that can result from high arches, so they take the first step toward receiving professional guidance, support, and relief. Read on to see why having high arches may be more complex than it seems.

What Are High Arches?

High arches occur when the arch of the foot is raised higher than normal, causing excessive weight to be distributed along the outer edges of the foot. This altered biomechanics can lead to increased pressure on certain areas of the foot, making individuals with high arches more prone to foot-related problems and discomfort.

Potential Complications:

  1. Plantar Fasciitis: High arches can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis, a common condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot. The heightened arch places excessive tension on the plantar fascia, leading to pain and discomfort, particularly in the heel area.
  2. Metatarsalgia: High arches may also increase the risk of metatarsalgia, a condition characterized by pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. The elevated arches can cause excessive pressure on the metatarsal bones and surrounding soft tissues, resulting in pain, numbness, and a burning sensation.
  3. Hammertoes and Claw Toes: The altered foot structure associated with high arches can lead to the development of hammertoes and claw toes, where the toes become bent or contracted due to imbalances in muscle and tendon function. These toe deformities can cause discomfort and difficulty wearing shoes.
  4. Ankle Instability: Individuals with high arches may experience reduced stability and balance due to the elevated position of the foot. This can increase the risk of ankle sprains and other injuries, especially during physical activities or when walking on uneven surfaces.

If having high arches is becoming an impediment and nuisance in your daily life, the expert team at Podiatry Center of New Jersey can help guide you toward solutions and relief. Give us a call at (973) 925-4111 or make an appointment online.