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All About Flexible Flat Feet

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Flexible flat feet often begin to develop in childhood and adolescence and continue through adulthood. As the condition progresses, the tendons and ligaments of the foot may stretch, tear, or become inflamed. You probably have flexible flat feet when your foot is flat to the ground while standing, but the arch reappears when the weight is taken off it. Symptoms of flexible flat feet include pain in the heel, arch, ankle, and side of the foot. Another sign is overpronation, where the ankle rolls inward. These symptoms can cause further pain and fatigue in the legs, knees, hips, and back. Losing weight is one way to reduce the effects of having flexible flat feet. Wearing shoes with adequate arch support can also be helpful. One of the main ways to treat flexible flat feet is by wearing orthotic devices in your shoes. A podiatrist can prescribe and produce custom orthotics after a complete examination of your specific condition. In severe cases, an advanced bracing device may be recommended. In a few cases, surgery may be considered, based on age, level of activity, and diagnostic tests. If you have questions about flexible flat feet, it is wise to consult a podiatrist.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our doctors from Kitsap Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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