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Flat Feet in Adults

The arch of the foot is absent in people who have flat feet. This condition is noticeable when the foot remains completely flat when standing on the floor. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops in the teenage years. Existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, muscular dystrophy, and arthritis may lead to having flat feet as an adult. Treatment may be necessary if there is pain associated with this ailment. This can consist of wearing custom-made orthotics, performing specific foot stretches, and losing weight if applicable. It is beneficial to measure the feet before purchasing new shoes, in addition to allowing enough room in the top of the shoes. It can also help to wear shoes that have a low heel and to choose shoes that are suited to the activity being performed. It is suggested to people who have flat feet that they are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer effective relief solutions.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon from Advanced Podiatry. 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 Crestwood, Orland Park, and Summit, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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