High arches are a foot disorder that causes excess weight to be placed on the foot’s heel and ball. Some people may not be aware that they have this condition until they feel pain or discomfort. A quick self-examination may help people identify if they have high arches. A telltale sign is if the inside of your foot appears hollow while standing. For an official diagnosis, contact Dr. Joshi for a comprehensive evaluation.
Signs and Symptoms of High Arches
While it may be difficult to self-diagnose high arches, there are a few symptoms that may occur. Common warning signs include:
Pain or discomfort when standing, walking, or running
Difficulty finding shoes that fit because of the curve in your foot
Shortened foot length
There is no definitive cause for high arches. However, most podiatrists agree that there may be a genetic component. In some instances, high arches may result from trauma to the foot or due to other foot conditions such as clubfoot. Keep in mind, anybody at any age may develop high arches.
If patients experience pain because of their high arches, then it is time to see a podiatrist. Dr. Anant Joshi is expertly trained in high arch diagnosis and treatment. Patients should expect a thorough examination that begins with a physical exam of the foot to check appearance and flexibility. Patients may also be asked to walk in their regular shoes to observe natural walking habits. Patients may undergo specific testing to rule out other issues.
Other tests may include:
X-rays of your feet
MRI of the spine
Nerve conduction studies
Once patients receive an official diagnosis, it is time to set up a treatment plan. Patients who still have flexibility in their feet may not require treatment. However, patients who experience restricted flexibility or pain may need additional support. Dr. Anant Joshi may start by suggesting the following non-surgical treatments:
Foot strengthening exercises
Pain management solutions
Surgery is the last resort for severe high arches that don’t respond to conservative treatment options. Each patient is different, so every treatment plan is customized to suit their needs.
Contact Us Today
At Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, we understand how debilitating certain foot conditions can be. We are here to offer support from initial diagnosis and throughout your treatment. Dr. Joshi is a dedicated podiatrist who values each patient. Contact us today to get started on your effective treatment plan.