Welcome to the Podiatry Arena forums, for communication between foot health professionals about podiatry and related topics.
You are currently viewing our podiatry forum as a guest which gives you limited access to view all podiatry discussions and access our other features. By joining our free global community of Podiatrists and other interested foot health care professionals you will have access to post podiatry topics (answer and ask questions), communicate privately with other members (PM), upload content, view attachments, receive a weekly email update of new discussions, earn CPD points and access many other special features. Registered users do not get displayed the advertisments in posted messages. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our global Podiatry community today!
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.
People who have extremely high arched feet may be subject to substantial levels of foot pain, despite the lack of obvious pathology. This study sought to investigate the effect of pes cavus on pain intensity and location and on the magnitude and distribution of foot pressure. Measurements were derived from the more symptomatic foot of 130 participants with painful, idiopathic pes cavus. Data were collected using Pedar((R)) in-shoe pressure sensors and averaged over nine randomly selected steps. Participant information, including location and intensity of pain, Foot Posture Index values and anthropometric and "quality of life" variables, were also recorded. Painful idiopathic pes cavus seems to provoke a more cautious gait pattern than normal, with reduced peak and mean pressure values, particularly in the fore- and rear-foot regions. In particular, participants with pain confined to the rear-foot exhibit an antalgic gait pattern, with lower pressure values and a longer period of foot-ground contact in the heel region than those with pain only in the fore-foot. We determined no clear predictors of pain in terms of foot posture or demographics, although people with high body mass index values are more likely to have pain in several regions. The relationship between the posture of the foot and the presentation of pain remains unclear, however we believe that the presence of heel pain in pes cavus may be more restricting than fore-foot pain.