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Constantly Stomping Through the House? You May Have “Chandelier Shaker Feet”

Constantly Stomping Through the House? You May Have “Chandelier Shaker Feet”

Constantly Stomping Through the House? You May Have “Chandelier Shaker Feet”




Your home should be a sanctuary of peace and quiet. It should be a place to relax after a hard day at work, free of complication and annoyance. However, loud stomping coming from family members or neighbors upstairs quickly ruins that peace and tranquility. Loud stomping from heavy footfalls can make even the calmest of people instantly annoyed and bothered.


This doesn’t exclude you either; you may be the one causing these very annoyances as well without even realizing it. Either way, no one wants to hear their entire ceiling constantly shuddering and shaking under someone’s stomping and their “Chandelier Shaker Feet.”


What Are “Chandelier Shaker Feet?”


While “Chandelier Shaker Feet” sounds like a fun nickname to use, an easier and more common term for this condition would be Cavus Foot or high arched feet. Having high arches means that the arches of your feet don’t touch the ground, and so you put more pressure on the heel and ball of your foot. This usually causes excessive stomping and heavy footfalls. High arches may develop on just one or both of your feet.


The best way to find out if you have high arches is to walk barefoot on sand. If you notice that only your toes and heel of your foot leave an imprint, then you have Cavus Foot.


What Causes High Arches?


There are generally two main causes for high arched feet:


  1. The most common cause is genetics. Most people who have high arches are born with them, and it usually runs in their family. This form of Cavus Foot does not tend to worsen as time goes on, staying the same shape throughout one’s life.


  1. On the other hand, high arches may be the result of a neurological condition such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, Cerebral Palsy, or Polio. All of these affect the signals going from the spine to the brain. In this case, high arches do not appear right away but instead appear later in life. High arches caused by neurological conditions can possibly worsen if not taken care of, and you may need more treatment as time goes on and the neurological condition worsens.



What are Some of the Negative Effects of High Arches?


Aside from shaking your chandeliers every time you walk, high arches can result in calluses and blisters across your feet. Promoting moisture is key when dealing with these foot wounds.


Although high arches may not directly cause pain, they may cause pain whenever standing or walking. Often, this is due to the foot’s shape and uneven pressure. Ankle sprains may also occur due to the heel tilting forward.


Some aesthetic effects on the foot include the development of “claw toes” and “hammer toes.” Claw toes occur when your four smaller toes become claw-like and stab down into the soles of your shoes. This can cause pain and major discomfort while wearing shoes, as it makes it seem like they’re smaller than they are.


Hammer toes refer to a deformity that bends your second, third, and fourth toe at the middle joint, which makes a hammer-like shape. This condition may worsen over time to the point where you require surgery.


What’s the Best Way to Deal With High Arches?


There are various options that can alleviate the effects of high arched feet. However, the most important thing when treating Cavus Foot is support.


Orthotics are the most commonly used non-surgical means of treatment. Things like custom-made insoles or foot pads to put inside your shoe can give you support. On the other hand, you can use braces to keep the ankle and knee stable when walking, which can also help with heavy footfalls. Some people even modify their shoes entirely so they specifically target their high arches.


Icing your foot regularly is a good way to relieve pain, whether you put a cold towel over your foot or submerge it into cold water for about 20 minutes.


Over-the-counter medication is also available to reduce pain and inflammation. Consult your doctor to figure out which medication is best for you.


If nonsurgical treatments fail to relieve pain or make the foot stable, surgery may be required. Always consult with an experienced surgeon, and recognize that all of these cases are undertaken and explored on a patient by patient basis.


The main thing to remember is that there are options available to you if you have “chandelier shaker feet.” You don’t need to keep stomping through the house, and your family and neighbors will thank you for addressing the issue.

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