Pes Cavus (High Arches)

What is Pes Cavus?Pes_Cavus_What-is-it

Pes Cavus is also known as “Cavus Foot” or “Clawfoot” and is a condition where the arch in the foot is higher than average. This is the opposite of flatfoot. This condition places a large amount of stress on the Metatarsals (ball) and heel of your foot.


Causes of Pes Cavus include:Pes_Cavus_Causes

  • An underlying neurological condition
  • Heredity
  • Clubfoot
  • Bone fracture in the foot

In some cases, the exact cause cannot be determined.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain & instability of the footPes_Cavus_Signs
  • Hammer toe
  • Calluses
  • Foot drop
  • Weak & tired foot
  • Foot appears shortened in length
  • Shoes don’t fit or are hard to put on
  • Reduced mobility – difficulty walking and running


There are several complications associated with Pes Cavus, including an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis, developing foot or toe deformities and chronic pain.

Treatment Options

Determining the cause of your Pes Cavus is important because this may help you determine the appropriate treatment method.Pes_Cavus_Treatment

Treat the Underlying Condition – If your Pes Cavus is the result of a neurological disorder, you will want to seek out an expert in this field to receive the proper treatment.

Special Shoes or Inserts – Shoes or inserts that provide your arch with the proper support can help your mobility improve, as well as relieve your symptoms.

Surgery – If your Pes Cavus is quite severe, surgery may be required to reduce the high arch in your foot.