Pes cavus

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

Pes cavus refers to a descriptive term for a type of foot deformity with an abnormally high longitudinal arch of the foot (caved-in foot).

It is often associated with certain neuromuscular disorders such as:

Radiographic features

Plain radiograph

The lateral view is key to assessment, as the dorsoplantar view can sometimes appear normal, unless there an associated abnormality 2.

On a lateral view there is:

Foot alignment abnormalities

Adequate radiographs are required for the accurate assessment of foot alignment. Basic assessment includes weightbearing dorsoplantar and lateral views.

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Article information

rID: 19485
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pes cavus deformity
  • Cavus deformity of the foot
  • High arched foot
  • Cavus foot
  • Cavus foot deformity
  • Cavus deformity

Cases and figures

  • Case 1
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  • Case 2 : with associated Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
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