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Facts and Myths About Flat Feet

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Flat feet, also known as pes planus, is a condition where the arches of the feet collapse, causing the entire sole to touch the ground. Contrary to common belief, flat feet are not always problematic or painful. Many individuals with flat feet experience no discomfort or other issues, leading active and fulfilling lives. However, some may face challenges such as foot pain or lower limb fatigue, especially if the condition alters their gait or posture. Flat feet can be hereditary, a result of injury, or develop over time due to wear and tear. Wearing proper footwear, practicing exercises to strengthen foot muscles, and using orthotic inserts can offer relief and support. Understanding the facts about flat feet can empower individuals to manage any associated concerns effectively and lead an active, healthy lifestyle. If you have flat feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to monitor this condition.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Gary Cesar from Michigan Foot and Ankle 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 offices located in Lansing and Mt. Pleasant, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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