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Understanding the Progression of Flat Feet in Adults

Flat feet, a common condition in adults, occurs when the arches of the feet collapse, causing the entire sole to touch the ground. This condition typically advances through several stages, each with its own set of symptoms. In the early stages, some individuals may not experience any discomfort or issues, while others may feel mild pain or fatigue after prolonged standing or physical activity. As flat feet progress, the discomfort can intensify, spreading to the ankles, knees, and lower back. This can result in reduced mobility and chronic pain. In severe cases, the arch completely flattens, and the foot loses flexibility, leading to a more pronounced disability. Recognizing the stages of flat feet is important for appropriate management, as early intervention can bring various choices of treatment to choose from. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward appropriate relief methods.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Jeffrey Rosenblatt, DPM from New York. 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. 

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