Cavoid Feet (High Arches)

The inner edge of the foot is raised off the floor in the middle to form the arch of the foot. The height of the arch varies from person to person. When a person’s arch (the hollow of the foot) is higher than normal, it is called  “cavus”. When a person with a cavus foot stands, the middle of the foot seems to be raised higher off the ground than someone with a regular arch.


  • Hereditary
  • Congenital conditions
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Nerve trauma



The arch of the foot will appear high even when standing. In addition, one or more of the following symptoms may be present:

  • Hammertoes (bent toes) or claw toes (toes clenched like a fist)
  • Heel pain
  • Forefoot pain
  • Calluses on the ball, side, or heel of the foot
  • Pain when standing or walking in the ankle, knees, hips or lower back



At Ned Buckley Podiatry, our treatment of Cavoid feet (high arches) includes:

  • Footwear advice
  • Debridement of corns and calluses
  • Foot and ankle joint manipulations to help increase joint range of motion

Custom orthotics for high arches can help to relieve excessive pressure and foot strain by distributing body weight across the feet and by cushioning the impact of walking, increase ankle stability, and reduce pain.