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Do Flat Feet Hurt?

Flat feet can have various effects on people. Some patients will experience discomfort during everyday activities, and others wont have any pain. People who have flat feet have a low arch or none at all. Most babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops during the teenage years. Flat feet fall into two categories. Patients with flexible flat feet will maintain an arch, but it disappears when the foot lies flat on the ground. With rigid flat feet, the arch is completely gone, with or without weight being exerted on the foot. Adults may be prone to developing flat feet if they have foot muscle weakness or ankle instability. There are stretches that can be performed to help reduce the achy sensation that sometimes accompanies flat feet. One example is standing on a step and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. If you have flat feet, a podiatrist can provide you with additional stretches that can help to strengthen the foot and possibly diminish existing pain.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Jeffrey Radack, DPM from Texas Regional Foot & Ankle Clinics. 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 McKinney and Coppell, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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