High Arches

High Arches

Also known as:

Cavus Foot

Shoe Recommendations:

lace or use elastic to keep shoes on

Foot Description - Does This Foot Description Fit?

High arches are every dancer’s dream. They look gorgeous in pointe shoes, and create a streamline look. Unfortunately, even this type of arch can cause problems. Because the arch and instep are so equally high, the dancer has a tendency to rely on their inherent flexibility which results in weak ankles. They can develop inflammation in their achilles tendon, and even go too far over their box in pointe shoes that they risk injury. To strengthen their muscles and tendons surrounding their ankles, dancers with high arches can practice multiple reps of relevé, or calf raises, being sure to rest their calves and achilles tendons with mild plies in between. As you rise to the balls of your feet, let go of the barre. If you cannot balance, work on strengthening your core.


If the only thing you see in your footprint is your heel, the ball of your foot, and your toes (without much in between), you have high arches. This means your feet have an extra hard time absorbing impact and need extra cushioning.

Just for Fun Foot Fortune-Telling

High Arches

High arches indicate an independent, self-sufficient people.

Most likely to lose their shoes during a dance.

Learn about another foot shape!  Or take the Scottish Dancer foot survey!

Foot Types

Celtic Foot
No wonder the Celts went barefoot!
Egyptian Foot
Walk (and dance) like an Egyptian!
German Foot
Leads with the big toe!
Greek Foot
The most beautiful foot (according to the sculptors)!
Peasant Foot
Peasant? This is a "Giselle" foot!
Roman Foot
Friends, Romans, Dancers, lend me your ghillies!
Flat Feet
Flat Feet
High Arches
High Arch
Straight Feet
Happy Feet
Toe Gap
Flip flops may not be for you ...
Short Pinky
This little piggy ...
Take the Survey!
Take me to your leader!
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