Arch Conditions: Flat Feet and Cavus Foot

Updated 11/17/2020
Dr. Baravarian answers Facebook questions on the Home & Family TV show about flat feet and its treatment.

Flat Foot vs. Cavus Foot

 

Flatfoot and cavus foot describes several complex foot disorders, each with its own causes and symptoms. 

 

If you have flat feet, also known as pes planus, you will have a very low arch or no arch at all, meaning one or both of your feet press flat on the ground. Flat feet can be congenital (you're born with it) or can develop over time.

 

Cavus foot is the exact opposite of a flat foot and occurs when the arch is higher than normal. It's also known as pes cavus and much like flat foot, it can cause a number of issues including pain in the foot, hips, knees, and low back.

  • Flatfoot is used to describe several complex foot disorders, each with its own causes and symptoms. The one common thread running through these conditions is a partial or complete collapse of the arch of the foot.

  • A cavus foot (also called pes cavus) is one that has a very high arch. It can affect one or both feet and is often present at birth, although it can develop at any age.

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