High Arches


The sole of the foot is distinctly hollow when bearing weight, due to an abnormally high medial longitudinal arch.

Must Know About This

  • Avoid shoes that are stiff or have an elevated heel, since they will prevent the arch from flexing naturally and focus more stress on the ball of the foot.
  • High arches can be asymptomatic, but there can also be painful symptoms that are a result of lateral metatarsal compression, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, calluses, ankle instability, lower limb stress fractures, knee pain, iliotibial band friction syndrome, and back pain.
  • Stretching and strengthening tight and weak muscles can help redistribute plantar pressure loading.

Good to Know About This

  • The high arch is due to a plantarflexed (toes pointed forward) position of the forefoot and can be very rigid and less able to efficiently absorb shock.
  • Although there are neurological causes of high arches, it can also be caused by unknown hereditary factors.
  • The sole of the foot is distinctly hollow when bearing weight, due to an abnormally high medial longitudinal arch.

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Chesterfield: 17201 Chesterfield Airport Rd. Chesterfield, MO 63005

Email: info@feetforlife.us

Phone: 314-983-0303

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