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The feet support the entire weight of the body from the first months of the baby and are exposed to different ailments of greater or lesser importance. One of the foot problems suffered by both children and adults are cavus feet, a muscle disease that is not always serious but to which we must pay medical attention from the first moment.
The cavus feet could be considered as the opposite pathology of flat feet. It is a dysfunction of the musculature of the sole of foot in which the plantar arch is too convex. Pes cavus in children can have a hereditary cause and you have to see how it develops as the child grows because in most cases it does not need any treatment.
However, it is advisable to be attentive from the first moment that a excessive plantar vault because it can also be caused by a neural problem. In most cases it is a plantar deformity with which the child and the adult coexist without major problems and only in the most serious cases is surgery necessary.
Although having cavus feet does not usually lead to a medical problem, it is true that children with cavus feet have less stability when walking, so falls are frequent. They also more easily suffer injuries like ankle sprains and are more prone to developing foot ailments like plantar fasciitis.
The main problem that arises from cavus feet is that the entire body weight on the toes and the heel, but a shortening of the foot muscles is also observed giving rise to what is known as claw toes. Among the most common consequences of cavus feet is pain in the joints of the foot and frequent injuries to the toes and heel.
The pes cavus are usually not detected before 5 years old and if the malformation is not very large, it can be corrected with the use of templates that expand the contact surface of the sole of the foot. For added stability, pads and wedges are also recommended on the back and front of the feet to lighten the body weight they carry.
Generally, cavus feet do not need further treatment and children hardly notice the consequences of this muscle dysfunction. Do not forget that from a very young age they can be taught the advantages of going barefoot for the correct development of the muscles of the foot and relieve the pressure of any footwear.
Laura Velez. Editor of our site
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