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Arch Disorders

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We spend the majority of our lives on our feet, so it is important that we do our due diligence to take care of them however we can. Foot disorders affect 20-60 percent of all adults, meaning that a minimum of 50 million people suffers in some way every year. Here are some of the most common arch disorders that our foot doctor in Plainfield encounters.

High Arches

Cavus feet, also known as high arches, occurs when there is an abnormally high foot arch. Because of this, a large amount of weight is placed on the ball and heel of the foot, potentially causing pain. Most people who suffer from high arches are born with them, however, it can develop at any age. Women are more prone to having this disorder than men.

Aside from genetics, the cause of high arches may be due to neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, spina bifida, polio, strokes or muscular dystrophy. It is important to visit our foot doctor in Plainfield as soon as you notice your high arches, as it could be a sign of a more serious disorder.

Side effects of flat-footedness may include pain when walking for long periods of time, discomfort while standing, excess calluses on the feet, hammertoes, claw toes, or ankle sprains. Our team can recommend solutions such as orthopedic devices to help spread your weight evenly across your feet. In more extreme cases, surgery might be required.


On the opposite end of the spectrum, more than 3 million people suffer from flat-footedness every year. Also referred to as fallen arches, flat feet occur when there is little-to-no gap between the bottom of the foot and the floor. They occur due to genetic factors, weak arches, injuries, damage to the posterior tibial tendon, or nervous system or muscle diseases such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or spina bifida.

While some people have flat feet and don’t suffer from any side effects, others suffer due to an underlying disorder or because pain develops in other parts of the body.

Pain from flat-footedness may affect foot arches, calves, knees, hips, the lower back or lower legs because of the uneven distribution of body weight. Treatment includes different stretching exercises, wearing an ankle brace, rest, fitted insoles, or custom orthotics.

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Our team at Suburban Foot & Ankle can help address your arch issues and provide you with the treatment that you need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association