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What You Should Know About Living With Flat Feet

Foot Prints showing varying degrees of a foot arch

If you have been told by a doctor or other medical professional that you have flat feet, you might be wondering what that means for your day-to-day life.

Flat feet can cause a variety of problems, including pain in the feet and ankles, difficulty standing or walking long distances, and even knee pain. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available for people with flat feet.


Let's explore what causes flat feet, some of the common symptoms associated with the condition, and the various treatment options available.


Causes of Flat Feet


There are a number of factors that can contribute to the development of flat feet. In some cases, it is simply a matter of genetics—if your parents or grandparents had flat feet, you may be more likely to have them as well.


Other causes include injuries or other damage to the foot’s arch, sudden weight gain, and certain medical conditions such as arthritis.


Symptoms of Flat Feet


The most common symptom of flat feet is pain in the feet and ankles. This pain can range from mild to severe and is often worse after extended periods of standing or walking. People with flat feet may also experience difficulty standing or walking long distances, and may even develop knee pain as a result of the condition.


Treatment Options for Flat Feet


There are a number of different treatment options available for people with flat feet. If the condition is mild, you may be able to manage the pain with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs. 


You can also try wearing special shoes or inserts that provide support for the arch of the foot. For more severe cases, your doctor may recommend physical therapy, orthotic devices, or even surgery.


f you suspect you have flat feet, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Sweeney Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your situation and determine which treatment is right for you. With proper treatment, you can manage the pain and keep your feet healthy.


Contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!