Cause: Hereditary, trauma, surgical complication
Appearance: High arch, pain under the ball of the foot, heel, possible chronic ankle spraining.
How to Diagnose: X-ray, clinical exam
- Closed cell foam inserts.
- Silicone padding
- Maximalist tennis shoes and custom orthotics
- Surgery is an option only in cases where a lengthy course of conservative care has failed. Surgery for this condition can result in significant stiffness depending on the severity of the deformity – recovery can take 1-2 years before full return to sport depending on which procedure is necessary.
Long-term prognosis: Shock absorption is the mainstay of treatment. Offloading devices such as closed cell foam inserts, orthotics, and/or silicone will need to be utilized indefinitely to prevent progression of pain.
Who to call: Podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon