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Definition and Causes of Flat Feet

Flat feet, known as pes planus, is a common condition that affects the arches of the feet. Flat feet are characterized by a lack of arch in the foot's inner sole, causing the entire sole to make contact with the ground. While some individuals have flat feet from childhood, others may develop them later in life. One primary cause of flat feet is genetics. If your parents or grandparents had flat feet, there's a higher likelihood of inheriting the condition. Additionally, injuries or stress to the feet's tendons and ligaments can lead to flat feet. Wearing ill-fitting shoes that don't provide proper arch support can contribute to developing flat feet. Conditions like arthritis, obesity, and diabetes can also be factors. Aging is another common contributor, as conditions like osteoporosis can also lead to flat feet. Weakened bones may not provide the necessary support for the arches. Certain neurological conditions, like multiple sclerosis, may play a role in the development of flat feet. These disorders can affect the nerves that control foot muscles. Also, injuries or other foot-related issues can alter the foot's structure and result in flat feet. If you suspect you have flat feet and are experiencing discomfort, it's suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Leonard Talarico, DPM from Georgia. 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 Pooler, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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