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Can High Arches Cause Plantar Fasciitis and What Are the Symptoms?

Learn about the causes of plantar fasciitis, the symptoms of high arches, whether high arches can cause plantar fasciitis, and how to treat the pain.

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By Babafemi Adebajo
Joel Taylor
Edited by Joel Taylor

Updated February 17, 2023.

For some, they are born with high arches. For others, it is the result of underlying conditions like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, polio, stroke, etc.

Whatever the cause, having high foot arches increases the risk of plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms of High Arches

The only way to know if you have high arches is to check the imprint of your feet by wetting them and stepping on a large piece of paper. You have high arches if only the front and heel of your foot are imprinted on the paper with no region connecting them.

High arches can cause plantar fasciitis if not addressed quickly as the plantar fascia (the band of ligaments that extends from the heel at the bottom of the foot to the great toe) is placed under perpetual stretch. This negatively impacts shock absorption and limits the support provided by the plantar fascia, leading to tearing with repetitive loading. It can also cause other conditions like metatarsalgia, claw toes, hammertoes, and foot and ankle instability.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia that leads to excessive heel pain, primarily in the morning or after periods of rest.

Since this is the case, identifying and addressing high arches of the foot early is the key to reducing the risk of plantar fasciitis.

Treating Pain Caused From High Arches

The best way to handle high arches so it does not result in plantar fasciitis is to get a custom-made orthotic. The custom orthotic will provide support and cushioning for the foot arches. Consequently, this will relieve pressure on the fascia ligaments and reduce the risk of having plantar fasciitis. You can order your orthotics on Upstep without ever needing to leave the comfort of your home.