Non-surgical treatment of cavus foot may include one or more of the following options:
- Orthotic devices: Custom orthotic devices that fit into the shoe can be beneficial because they provide stability and cushioning to the foot.
- Shoe modifications: High-topped shoes support the ankle, and shoes with heels a little wider on the bottom add stability.
- Bracing: The surgeon may recommend a brace to help keep the foot and ankle stable. Bracing is also useful in managing foot drop.
When is Surgery Needed?
If non-surgical treatment fails to adequately relieve pain and improve stability, surgery may be needed to decrease pain, increase stability, and compensate for weakness in the foot.
The surgeon will choose the best surgical procedure or combination of procedures based on the patient’s individual case. In some cases where an underlying neurologic problem exists, surgery may be needed again in the future due to the progression of the disorder.
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