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Definition and Causes of Flat Feet

Flat feet, medically known as pes planus, refers to a condition where the arches of the feet are significantly flattened, causing the entire sole to touch the ground. This deviation from the typical arch structure can result from various factors. Weak arch development during childhood, often due to genetics, is a common cause of flat feet. Additionally, injuries or inflammation in the tendons and ligaments that support the arch can contribute to this condition. Arthritis and certain neurological conditions may also affect the arches, leading to the collapse of the foot's natural curve. Pregnancy and obesity can exert extra stress on the feet, potentially causing the arches to flatten over time. Understanding the definition and causes of flat feet is important for individuals experiencing discomfort or seeking preventive measures. If you have flat feet, and have difficulty in completing daily activities, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact the foot specialists from Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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 offices located in Southlake, Keller (Fort Worth), Hurst, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, and Argyle, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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