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The Definition of Flat Feet

Flat feet, medically referred to as pes planus, is a condition where the arches of the feet collapse, causing the entire sole to make contact with the ground. This anatomical variation can occur due to a variety of factors, including genetics, weak arches, or the weakening of the supportive tissues in the feet over time. While some individuals with flat feet may experience no symptoms or discomfort, others may encounter issues such as pain or fatigue in the feet, ankles, or lower legs, particularly after standing or walking for extended periods. Flat feet can also contribute to problems with posture and alignment, potentially leading to knee, hip, or back pain. Understanding the definition of flat feet is essential for individuals to recognize the condition and seek appropriate care. There are methods that can be implemented which may bring relief to patients who are experiencing discomfort from flat feet. If you have this condition and are seeking relief, it is suggested that you contact a chiropodist. 

Flat feet are a common foot condition. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to flat feet, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Are Flat Feet? 

Flat feet are feet that do not have a well-defined arch in the middle of the sole of the foot. Flat feet may be flexible or rigid. Flexible flat feet have an arch when there is no pressure put on the foot, such as when one is sitting, but the arch disappears upon standing. Rigid flat feet lack an arch regardless of whether one is standing or not. 


Flat feet can be present from birth or acquired over time due to a weakening of the ligaments in the arch. Sometimes flat feet are caused by illnesses, injuries, or pregnancy. 


Flat feet often cause no noticeable symptoms. However, some people may experience pain and discomfort due to their flat feet. 

Symptoms associated with flat feet include:

  • Pain in the arch, heel, ankle, or along the outside of the foot

  • Overpronation of the foot

  • Shin splints

  • Aching or fatigue in the feet or legs

  • Pain in the knees, hips, or lower back


In cases where flat feet cause symptoms, there are various treatments available. Wearing orthotic inserts in your shoes to provide more arch support, performing stretches, and taking medications may improve your symptoms. If you are overweight, losing weight can help relieve pressure on the feet. In severe cases, surgery may be considered. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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