High Arches (Pes Cavus)

The foot provides multiple functions during standing and gait, including support, shock absorption, adaptation to uneven surfaces, balance, power, and direction. In any running and jumping sport, proper foot mechanics can play a key role in performance. The arch of the foot serves an important role in these functions.

The arch can fall into one of three categories: (1) neutral, (2) pes planus (flat foot), and (3) pes cavus (high arch). Most people are familiar with pes planus, or the flat foot.

The other, pes cavus, describes an abnormally high-arched foot. This ...

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