When Flat Feet Cause Pain

Flat feet, or fallen arches, occur when the arch of the foot is lower than normal, potentially causing pain in various parts of the body. These lower arches can develop over time due to age and wear and tear on the feet. Children often have flat feet initially, but most develop a visible arch by around the age of 10. While flat feet may not always exhibit symptoms, they can lead to discomfort or pain in the heel, arch, or leg, and alter the alignment and functioning of the feet and legs during movement. Additional signs of flat feet may include uneven shoe wear, frequent tripping or falling, and stiffness or foot swelling. Conditions like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy can cause flat feet, as can factors such as being male, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and obesity. Orthotics, exercises, weight management if necessary, and supportive footwear might help this condition. Surgery may be considered in some cases. If you have flat feet and they are causing you pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can examine your feet and provide treatment to manage discomfort.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Lewis Wolstein, DPM, P.C. & Associates. 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 office located in Co-Op City, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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