What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet is a condition where one or both feet have little to no arch. In most cases people who have flat feet don’t experience significant problems or need treatment.

Possible Causes and Risk Factors

  • Genetics – sometimes flat feet runs in your genes
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Injuries to the foot or ankle
  • Diabetes
  • Aging
  • High blood pressure
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • and more …


  • Leg cramps
  • Muscle pain in the foot or leg
  • Muscle fatigue in the foot or leg
  • Pain in the arch, heel, or side of foot
  • Pain while walking
  • Balance problems
  • Ankle swelling
  • and more …

When to Contact your Doctor

You should make an appointment with your podiatrist if you are experiencing symptoms of flat feet. Especially if you are experiencing pain when you walk.


There are a couple treatments that can help manage and treat flat feet. Such as:

  • Rest and ice to reduce pain and swelling
  • Supportive devices such as foot orthotics, arch supports, foot and leg braces, and custom shoes.
  • Physical therapy/stretching to strengthen tight muscles and tendons

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort because of your flat feet, feel free to give the office a call at (301) 441-2655 to schedule an appointment!

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