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It is estimated that about 15% of the global population has Pes Cavus, a medical condition of the feet that receives little publicity. Pes Cavus can be inherited or formed from clubfoot, fractures or neuromuscular disease, and is also commonly known as claw foot or Talipes Arcuatus among medical professionals. However, 20% of patients diagnosed have no history of any of these.

Pes Cavus is an abnormally shaped high arch on the bottom of the foot that lies between the heel and the balls behind the toes. Making the balls and heel the only part of the foot to actually touch the ground while walking, the toes have a tendency to curl up. This condition requires special shoes or inserts to support the deformity, and is a very uncomfortable condition. Unless the pain becomes bad enough to seek help, many do not know they suffer from Pes Cavus.

Some athletes are diagnosed with Pes Cavus because of pain they experience while running. Their calf muscle in their lower leg may also be very tight. A sports physician may suggest wearing specialized shoes and stretching exercises. A health care provider may want to conduct tests for a more defined treatment, such a surgery, if the deformity is severe enough.

If walking is unbearable, surgery may be necessary. A physician may order x-rays of the spine and feet, an electromyography or nerve studies to further analyze the severity. Correct shoes are usually tried first to prevent surgery. A pediatrician may consider constructive surgery if an infant is diagnosed with Pes Cavus, when walking skills have not yet developed.

Pes Cavus has recently been separated into two categories, designated as rigid and flexible. Depending on the type, a patient’s recovery can be sped up.

This condition, in any case, can be very uncomfortable and restricting. Make sure you seek medical help if you have pain while walking, or find your shoes always uncomfortable.

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