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Pes cavus may be caused by another health problem, such as:

  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Friedreich ataxia
  • A spinal cord tumor
  • Clubfoot
  • Compartment syndrome
  • A crush injury

Risk Factors

Pes cavus is more common in people who are over 60 years of age. It is also more common in females.



Some people may not have symptoms of pes cavus. People who do may have:

  • Pain in one or both feet
  • Problems walking
  • A history of ankle sprains
  • Calluses
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The doctor will ask about symptoms and past health. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the feet. This is enough to make the diagnosis.

Pictures may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. This can be done with X-rays.



Any health problems causing pes cavus will need to be treated. These methods may also be used:

  • Physical therapy
  • A change in shoes, shoe inserts, or a brace to manage symptoms

People who are not helped by these methods may need surgery. The type of surgery done depends on what is causing the pes cavus.


There are no known guidelines to prevent pes cavus.

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.