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When Are Flat Feet a Problem?

Flat feet, or pes planus, is a common condition where the arches of the feet collapse, causing the entire sole to touch the ground. It affects approximately 20 to 30 percent of the population and can occur in both children and adults. Flat feet may develop due to specific factors, including genetics, weak foot muscles, injury, or certain medical conditions. People at higher risk include those with family history, obesity, diabetes, or who stand for long periods of time. There are different types of flat feet. Flexible flat feet are where the arches only flatten when weight is applied. Tight Achilles tendon limits foot movement. Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction is when the tendon supporting the arch becomes weakened. Treatment by a podiatrist aims to relieve painful symptoms and improve foot function. This may involve custom orthotic devices, stretching exercises, supportive footwear, or in severe cases, surgery to reconstruct the arch. If you have problematic flat feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for proper management and relief.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Steven Black, DPM from California . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lancaster, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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