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Can Flat Feet Cause Pain?

If your entire foot touches the floor while standing, you may have a condition referred to as fallen arches, or flat feet. Most babies are born with this ailment, and the arches will gradually develop as the toddler starts to walk, typically around 12 months of age. If the arches never develop, there may be several causes responsible for this condition. These may include a predisposed inherited gene, diabetes, obesity, or an injury involving the foot or ankle. The majority of people will have little or no symptoms, but some may notice swelling in the ankles or pain in the feet that gets worse with activity. There may be several treatments available, including shoes that are comfortable and supportive, performing specific stretching exercises, or supporting the arches with orthotics. Please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for more information about treatment options for flat feet.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. 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, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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