Flat Feet

Medical Considerations for Flat Feet

Flat feet, fallen arches and overpronation all may cause pain. Flat feet may also set the stage for traumatic injuries, especially to the posterior tibial tendon. Talk to your doctor about appropriate treatment, which may include weight loss (obesity puts additional pressure and stress on the feet); arch supports; anti-inflammatory medications, if tolerated; and rarely, surgery.

Always talk to your doctor if you have soreness, pain, redness, swelling or other indications of problems in any area of your feet that persist for more than a few days.


Reviewed by: Robert P. Thompson, C.Ped, IPFH Scientific Advisory Board
Last updated: June 19, 2015 

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