Cavus Foot (High-Arched Foot)


Cavus Foot is a condition where the foot has a significantly high-arch.  As a result of the very high arch, more weight and therefore strain is put on ball and heel of the foot when standing or walking. This can lead to a variety of problems, including instability and pain.  This condition can develop in one or both feet and can appear at any age. The arch of a Cavus foot will look high, even when just standing.

Signs and Symptoms:

The signs and symptoms of Cavus Foot can include one or more of the following:

  • Calluses on the ball, side or heel of the foot. Calluses are thickened areas of protective skin that can be painful.
  • Hammertoes or claw toes.  Hammertoes is a where the toes are bent. Claw toes are clenched like a fist.
  • Pain when walking or standing
  • Instability. This can also lead to ankle sprains.


In diagnosing Cavus foot, the foot and ankle doctor will explore your family history for heredity factors. He will also thoroughly examine the foot, looking for the high arch condition, calluses, hammertoes, and claw toes.  He will test your foot for muscle strength and observe how you walk and stand.


To help relieve the symptoms of cavus foot, one or more of the following suggestions and or treatments may be used by the doctor:

  • Choosing high-topped shoes with wider heels.
  • Bracing to help keep the foot and ankle stable.
  • Inserting orthotic devices in the shoe to provide stability.

Dr. Westermeyer, your north county podiatrist, has many treatment options available and will choose the method that is best suited to the condition and the patient’s lifestyle.  If you experience any of the symptoms above, please come in and visit Dr. Westermeyer to determine the severity of the condition and to learn about the treatment options available to you.