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Does Flat Feet Cause Pain?

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

There is a simple technique that can determine if you have flat feet. This is done by simply standing and noticing if your entire foot lies flat on the floor. Patients who have this condition do not have an arch, and this condition may be accompanied by pain and discomfort. If you are diagnosed with flat feet, it may be beneficial to wear orthotics that can help to provide the support that is needed to complete daily activities. Some patients find mild relief when specific foot stretches are performed, as this may help to strengthen the overall foot. If you have been born with flat feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can manage any existing pain that comes from this condition.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Julie Siegerman, DPM from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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