Cavus Foot


Cavus foot is the opposite of flat feet. Instead of having no arch, the foot will have an abnormally high arch. Causes include: 

  • Muscle weakness
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia
  • Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stroke
  • Spina Bifida
  • Polio
  • Inherited defects

The origin and cause of the cavus foot usually determine its symptoms. People with an inherited cavus foot who are sufficiently flexible sometimes do not suffer any symptoms. For those who do suffer, symptoms include:

  • Calluses
  • Shoe-fitting problems
  • Knee pain
  • Back pain
  • Tripping
  • Ankle arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Hammertoes or claw toes

Treatments include special shoes, braces, and orthotics. In some cases, surgery will be required to effectively treat the symptoms.


Nina L. Coletta, D.P.M., P.A.
9685 West Broward Blvd
Plantation, FL 33324
Phone: 954-452-4590
Fax: 954-452-0509

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