Bone, Joint and Muscle Conditions

Cavus Foot Treatment

Cavus Foot Treatment Options

Our orthopedic surgeons work closely with neurologists to find the cause of your child's cavus foot. Then we consult with specialists at Seattle Children's to treat any underlying disease that is causing the condition.

In some cases, as with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, there is no treatment for the underlying nerve or muscle problem.

Once we have addressed the underlying problem, we talk with you and find the best treatment for your child's cavus foot. In most cases, the best treatment is surgery.

In the very early stages of cavus foot or with mild cases that are not getting worse, we may be able to use arch supports and shoe modifications to help relieve problems until surgery becomes necessary.

Read more about possible underlying conditions in Neurology.

Surgeries for Cavus Foot

Surgery for cavus foot is complex. It often requires two operations performed two weeks apart.

In the first operation, the doctor cuts and releases the tightest of the soft tissues in the arch. The rest of the tissues relax during the following two weeks.

In the second operation, the doctor cuts and reshapes at least one bone using a bone graft, and moves several tendons to new locations on the foot to improve muscle balance.

When we perform reconstruction surgery for cavus foot, our main concerns are to:

  • Correct the problems without joining together any joints (fusion).
  • Balance out the muscles so that the problem is less likely to happen again.