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Two Categories of Flat Feet

Tuesday, 19 July 2022 00:00

When the arch of the foot collapses from birth or from an injury, it is a foot condition known as flat feet. While many patients have this ailment and experience little or no pain, there are people who have severe discomfort with flat feet. Research has shown there are two categories of flat feet. When the arch is flat while standing, and visible while sitting, this is referred to as flexible flat feet, and it is more common than ridgid flat feet. This occurs when there is no arch visible while sitting or standing, and it is more difficult to treat. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops during the teenage years. Rigid flat feet can come from genetic reasons, and may indicate an issue with the foot structure. Flat feet in adulthood may develop gradually, and can happen as a result of being overweight, having an inflammatory disease, or sustaining an ankle injury. Mild relief can come from performing exercises that strengthen the foot and from wearing shoes with good arch support. Orthotics may help to improve foot structure and range of motion. If you have flat feet, please speak with a podiatrist who can help you with the correct treatment option.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Summerlin Foot & Ankle. 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 Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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