Causes of Flat Feet

Flat feet, or pes planus, can develop over time due to various factors, with weakening of the posterior tibial tendon being a primary cause. This tendon, which supports the foot arch, can become strained from years of walking, running, and standing, leading to inflammation and eventual tearing. Factors such as obesity and pregnancy can worsen the strain. Other factors leading to flat feet include systemic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, which affect foot health. Additionally, the natural aging process can contribute to the gradual flattening of the arches as tendons and ligaments lose elasticity and strength. If you notice changes in your foot structure or experience discomfort associated with flat feet, a chiropodist can provide expert assessment and a personalized treatment plan, which may include orthotics, to alleviate symptoms and prevent further complications. It is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can help you to manage flat feet.

Flat feet are a common foot condition. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to flat feet, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Are Flat Feet? 

Flat feet are feet that do not have a well-defined arch in the middle of the sole of the foot. Flat feet may be flexible or rigid. Flexible flat feet have an arch when there is no pressure put on the foot, such as when one is sitting, but the arch disappears upon standing. Rigid flat feet lack an arch regardless of whether one is standing or not. 


Flat feet can be present from birth or acquired over time due to a weakening of the ligaments in the arch. Sometimes flat feet are caused by illnesses, injuries, or pregnancy. 


Flat feet often cause no noticeable symptoms. However, some people may experience pain and discomfort due to their flat feet. 

Symptoms associated with flat feet include:

  • Pain in the arch, heel, ankle, or along the outside of the foot

  • Overpronation of the foot

  • Shin splints

  • Aching or fatigue in the feet or legs

  • Pain in the knees, hips, or lower back


In cases where flat feet cause symptoms, there are various treatments available. Wearing orthotic inserts in your shoes to provide more arch support, performing stretches, and taking medications may improve your symptoms. If you are overweight, losing weight can help relieve pressure on the feet. In severe cases, surgery may be considered. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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