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Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Diagnosis and Management of Flat Feet

Pes planus, commonly known as flat foot, is a condition where the arch of the foot is lower or in contact with the ground when compared to the typical foot structure. It is important to note that infants are born with flexible flat feet. Arch development usually begins at approximately 3 years of age, and reaches adult levels in arch height between 7 and 10 years old. Flexible flat feet can be developmental in infants and toddlers but may be considered true flat feet by age 8 to 10. On the other hand, rigid flat feet are associated with underlying pathology and lack the longitudinal arches both in heel elevation and weight bearing. Acquired flat feet can develop from various factors, particularly diabetes, which can affect the structure and functionality of the feet. Additionally, foot and ankle injuries can lead to the development of flat feet. Certain medical conditions, including arthritis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy, are also associated with acquired pes planus. Interestingly, pregnancy can be a factor in the development of flat feet due to the changes that occur in the body during this period. Regardless of the reason for your flat feet, if they are causing you problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to find relief.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact David K. Morris, DPM from Florida. 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 Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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