Pes Cavus is the Latin name to describe the natural arch or in-step in the sole of the foot, which is higher than usual. It can cause considerable pain and discomfort. There are many ways in which the foot can be pulled into this abnormal position. Some genetic predispositions can causes the bones to be fomred like this from birth. Other neurological conditions such as Charcot Marie-Tooth syndrome, can cause shortening of the muscles in the hands and feet, pulling them into abnromal positions.
Occsionally surgical intervention is required to release the tight strcutures caused by arthiritus or neurological conditions.
Current research shows that a combined conservative treatment program (i.e. podiatry, physiotherapy and orthotics used in unision) This is showen to work in the initial stages and later on. The main goal is to prevent further defomity of the foot, which can cause further problems such as ulceration or pain/inflammation in other parts of the body.
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