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Living With Flat Feet

Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Living with flat feet, a condition characterized by the absence of arches on the feet, can be a lifelong experience starting in childhood. When someone with flat feet stands, their entire foot touches the ground, though in most cases, it does not lead to harm. However, some individuals may experience symptoms such as swollen ankles, difficulty standing on their toes, or pain in the foot arch area. Identifying these signs, particularly in children, is important for early intervention. While flat feet can be a natural part of a child's development, it can also develop later in life from age related factors. Seeking medical attention involves a comprehensive examination, where a podiatrist may recommend custom shoe inserts and certain exercises to alleviate discomfort. In severe cases, surgery may be considered. Home care includes minimizing stress on the feet, weight management, and, if necessary, pain relief measures. If you are experiencing discomfort related to flat feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and suggested treatment measures.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced 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 offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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