Pes Cavus Treatments
If in fact you do have pes cavus, there are a handful of treatment options available to you. To overarching goal of treatment is to allow the patient to walk comfortably without symptoms. Your medical profession will determine whether surgical or non-surgical methods should be pursued. In the event that your doctor prescribes a non-surgical treatment you may be asked to undergo physical therapy to stretch out the tightened muscles. Besides stretching, your doctor may prescribe an orthotic solution.
Pes Cavus Orthotics & What They Do
Increasing Contact Area: The goal for orthotic pes cavus treatment is to increase the surface contact area of the plantar region. By adding a properly fit orthotic insert, the surface area that handles the load from walking is increased from the metatarsal heads, which can lead to sesamoiditis, to the arch which will in turn take pressure off of the sesamoid bone region in the ball of the foot.
Excessive Supination Resistance: Supination is defined by the outward rolling of the foot and ankle due to an overly high arch, associated with pes cavus. Lateral ankle stability is a common issue found in patients suffering from pes cavus. Orthotic inserts should be prescribed to fend off excessive supination.