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Causes of Flat Feet in Adults

Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

Adults who have flat feet may experience pain. It can happen occasionally or constantly, and often requires shoes that are worn to have adequate arch support. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and an abnormal foot structure may cause the feet to remain that way through adulthood. Flat feet may also develop in people who become overweight, as a result of the added pressure the feet endure. Additionally, existing medical conditions such as diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis may lead to getting flat feet, and it may also happen to people as the aging process occurs. The possibility of spraining or fracturing the ankle may increase as the ankle rolls inward while walking, often causing the gait to change. Many patients find relief when specific stretches are performed that target strengthening the arch, and wearing orthotics may help to diminish any discomfort from having flat feet. If you have this foot condition, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you relief options.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Henry Miller from New Jersey. 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 Freehold, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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