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Adults May Retain Flat Feet From Birth

The medical term for flat feet is called pes planus. It is defined as a non-existent arch in the foot, and the majority of babies are born with this condition. The arch generally develops in the teenage years, and some adults never develop an arch. This is often a genetic trait, or it may happen from a foot injury. Additionally, medical conditions may lead to getting flat feet, consisting of rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and pregnancy. Some patients experience symptoms of flat feet, and these can include foot pain where the arch would be and swell on the inside of the ankle. The pain may get worse when activity is pursued, and the gait or walking style may be affected. Some patients find mild relief when specific stretches are performed, in addition to wearing custom-made orthotics. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with relief techniques. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from The Sun Healthcare & Surgery Group. Our doctors 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 offices located in Antioch, and Martinez, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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