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What Causes Flat Feet?

Flat feet, or fallen arches, are a common foot condition where the arches of the feet collapse, resulting in the entire sole of the foot making contact with the ground. Understanding the various causes, including hereditary conditions such as Ehler-Danlos syndrome and Marfan syndrome, may shed light on this condition's complexity. Genetics can influence the structure and alignment of the foot's bones, tendons, and ligaments. Individuals with a family history of flat feet are more likely to inherit the trait, predisposing them to this condition from birth. Additionally, certain medical conditions such as arthritis, obesity, and diabetes can contribute to the weakening of the foot's supportive structures, leading to flat feet over time. Furthermore, injury or trauma to the foot, prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces, and wearing unsupportive footwear can exacerbate the condition. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief and treatment methods.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Vivian C. Iwu, DPM from Choice Podiatry Center. 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 our office located in Marietta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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