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Dr. Frank Henry- Flat Feet

Flat Feet Risk Factors

Aug 03, 2022

Flat foot is a condition commonly caused by a dysfunction of the posterior tibial tendon, a tendon of the ankle. Other factors that can increase the risk of flat feet include, “high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, previous surgery or trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, and exposure to steroids.” Older individuals as well as previous injury to the area can lead to the development of flatfoot. Seek medical attention to ensure proper prevention of the progression of the condition.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are 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. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch 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.

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