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Treating Pain Caused by Flat Feet

Flatfoot, also known as pes planus, is a condition where the arch of the foot collapses, causing the entire sole to touch the ground. This can affect one or both feet and is common in children and adults. Many people with flat feet may develop pain due to changes in activity, minor injuries, weight gain, or wearing poorly fitted footwear. Symptoms can include foot discomfort and leg aches, particularly after prolonged standing, walking, or running. Relief may come from wearing comfortable shoes with proper arch support. Orthotic devices, such as heel cups or custom-made inserts, can help balance the foot and reduce impact. Stretching exercises, such as calf stretches and towel curls, can strengthen the muscles and help alleviate pain. For children, special corrective measures are rarely needed as their arches typically develop by age five. In most cases, surgery is unnecessary. Additional relief can be found through the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, or massage therapy. If flatfoot is related to another medical condition, more specific treatments might be required. To effectively manage and treat flatfoot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and to see if custom orthotics are right for you.

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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