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Causes and Symptoms of Flat Feet

Flat feet, or fallen arches, occur when the arches of the feet do not develop properly or collapse over time. This condition can be caused by genetic factors, injury, arthritis, or the natural aging process. Obesity and pregnancy may also contribute to the development of flat feet due to increased pressure on the arches. Common symptoms include foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area, swelling along the inside of the ankle, and difficulty standing on tiptoe. Flat feet can lead to problems with walking or running and may cause discomfort in the legs and lower back. Proper diagnosis and treatment by a podiatrist can help to manage symptoms and prevent further complications. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of this type of doctor who can help you manage this condition and guide you toward relief solutions.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Parkwood Podiatry. 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 Brunswick and Hinesville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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