By Dr. Shrikant Bhoyar, General Surgery
Cavus foot is a medical condition in which a person suffers from a foot that has developed a very high and abnormal arch. Due to the presence of this very high arc, it becomes very difficult to walk or run. It also results in the build-up of excessive pressure that is exerted on the heel and ball of the feet when the person is using their legs. This disability can cause significant foot pain, especially when the individual is using their legs for a long period of time.
Cavus foot can be treated with the right medical procedures but it takes a lot of time. Pes cavus is another condition similar to it but causes much more pain than an ordinary cavus. Cavus foot is caused because of different reasons and it has some important symptoms as well. Keep reading to know more about a detailed overview of Cavus foot.
Causes of Cavus Foot - cavus foot or High arc foot is a medical condition that is caused because of many reasons. Cavus foot is usually caused because of an orthopedic or numerological condition. Severe injury to the foot caused by an accident can lead to deformities one of which is a cavus foot. Medical conditions like cerebral paralysis, stroke can seriously affect the nerves leading to the foot. Due to this, many people suffer from a high arc foot as well. A very accurate and extensive treatment is required to help a person to recover from cavus foot. Immediate diagnosis and treatment are always recommended or else it can lead the condition to worsen.
Symptoms of Cavus Foot - there are some important symptoms that will help you to identify a cavus foot. The very first and foremost symptom that is easy to identify is the high arch of the foot. It will appear to be significantly high even when the person is standing. Other than that there are some more symptoms to keep in mind – The affected person may have hammertoes or claw toes which can be bent or clenched like a fist. There can be calluses present on the side, heel or ball of the feet. Sharp pain when standing, walking or carrying out any other activities that involve the legs. The person may have an unstable stepping because of the heel tilting towards the inside.
Surgery Treatment - Surgical treatment is a safe option that may help a person to walk and move normally and recover from Cavus foot. The doctor might try some nonsurgical methods to help the person to recover by using orthotic gadgets, bracing or modifications in the show they wear. However, if nonsurgical treatment fails, the doctor will carry out a surgical procedure. It will help the person to get much better stability, strength and decreased pain around the feet. The doctor or surgeon will determine the kind of surgery required based on the patient’s condition. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for the person to recover.