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Symptoms and Treatment of Flat Feet

Wednesday, 25 October 2023 00:00

Flat feet, or pes planus, is a common condition where the arches of the feet collapse, causing the entire sole to touch the ground. This condition may be present from birth or develop over time. Genetics may play a significant role because the development of arches is determined by genetics. Insufficient development of foot muscles or weakening due to factors like aging or inactivity also can contribute to flat feet. Certain medical conditions like arthritis, diabetes, and obesity can increase the risk of developing flat feet. Some people experience no discomfort from flat feet, while others may suffer from pain in the arches or heels, swelling, or difficulty standing on tiptoes. Treatment options for flat feet depend on the severity and symptoms. Custom orthotic inserts can provide arch support and alleviate discomfort. Stretching exercises may help strengthen the foot muscles. In some cases, anti-inflammatory medication may be recommended. Early intervention can prevent further complications and improve your overall foot health. If you're experiencing flat feet-related issues, it's suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and a personalized treatment plan. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Cascade 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 offices located in Yakima and Ellensburg, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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