Cavovarus foot combines the challenges of high arch, or cavus with an inward facing heel or
varus. The condition is closely associated with several neurologic conditions and may be
inherited or acquired. Cavovarus foot impacts gait and may cause calluses on the foot and pain
with walking. It also increases vulnerability to stress fractures, ankle sprains and weakness. Our
Atlanta podiatrist can help you understand this condition and work with you to develop an
appropriate treatment plan.
Diagnosis of cavovarus deformity
The condition can affect one or both feet. Cavovarus deformity is not evident at birth but
becomes so with age, and is progressive. A common indicator is an arch that is noticeably high
with standing. In fact, the height of the arch may be such that finding shoes that fit well is
During your appointment our Board certified Atlanta podiatrist will review your medical history and examine the impacted foot. We will evaluate your walking pattern and footfall. Cavovarus deformity
frequently causes undue pressure on the heel and ball of the foot. Muscle testing will be
performed as rigidity of the foot will dictate treatment plans. Neurological testing may also be
performed as a part of the exam.
Commonly associated conditions include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Charcot-Marie- Tooth
- Spinal cord lesions
Treatment of cavovarus deformity
The treatment plan will depend on the severity of the condition. Mild cases can be effectively
managed with orthotics that better balance footfall. Ankle and foot bracing are also options.
Cases that are more severe or do not respond to the initial treatment approach may be addressed
with surgery to release ligaments and reposition the affected bones. Surgical approaches are
developed individually as considerations can vary greatly.
Our Atlanta podiatrist has extensive experience treating all conditions of the foot and ankle. We
work with adults and children to develop treatment plans that relieve discomfort and improve
quality of life. If you have cavovarus deformity, or any concerns about your ankles or feet, we
Give us a call today to schedule your convenient appointment. Our friendly, professional staff is
ready to answer your questions and help you start feeling better as soon as possible.