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Risk Hazards for Developing Flat Feet

Flat feet is a condition that is common among babies and not so much among adults. Most babies are born with flat feet and the arch generally develops during the teenage years. Adults who retain this condition may have been born with an abnormal foot structure or possibly endured a foot injury. Some people have pain from having flat feet which can begin in the arch or heel and radiate to the leg. Additionally, shoes can wear unevenly, and the feet may become swollen and stiff. It is easy to notice as the foot lies completely flat on the floor while standing. When custom-made orthotics are worn, the feet may benefit from the cushioning these devices provide. Existing medical conditions may increase the risk of getting flat feet. These can consist of having diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to being overweight. If you have flat feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Jim Maxka, DPM from South Penn Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 Hanover, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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