Is high-arched feet a serious condition?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Some cases of high-arched feet may be due to serious neurological disorders that may lead to disability in the long term. Cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and polio are examples of serious disorders that lead to high-arched feet. High arches can also evolve into severe foot deformities like claw foot and hammer toe. Cases of high-arched feet that are inherited are not indicative of underlying serious conditions, but can still cause chronic pain and fatigue.

High-arched feet in and of themselves is not a serious condition. However, many patient's with high arched feet may have numbness they never realised was there until they are thoroughly examined by a doctor. Such a scenario is not uncommon in an inherited peripheral neuropathy called Charcot Marie Tooth.

High arched feet or toe-walking in a toddler or child may be a sign of a serious condition called spina bifida or even muscular dystrophy which leads to progressive weakness.

Most people with have high-arched feet have no serious problems associated with it.

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