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A Tell-Tale Symptom of Flat Feet

Tuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00

Flat feet are a common foot ailment that can be easy to observe. While standing up, does the entire foot lie flat on the floor? Most babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops by the teenage years. This may not be the case for some adults, as genetics may contribute to having flat feet. Additionally, if a foot injury has occurred, flat feet may be the result. Many people do not experience pain with flat feet and can complete daily activities. Conversely, flat feet may cause pain and discomfort, and measures can be implemented to help reduce existing pain. These can include performing specific stretches that are tailored for patients with flat feet, in addition to wearing custom-made orthotics. If you have flat feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can monitor your balance and general foot health. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Gordon Fosdick from Affiliated Foot Care Center. 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 Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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