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Symptoms and Causes of Flat Foot Pain

Flat feet, or fallen arches, is a common condition where the arch of the foot collapses and the sole comes into full contact with the ground. This can result in various symptoms, including pain in the feet and lower limbs. Individuals with flat feet may experience aching or soreness in the arches, heels, or the inside of the ankle. Pain can also radiate to the knees, hips, and lower back, affecting overall posture and mobility. The causes of flat foot pain are diverse. It can be a result of genetics, where flat feet are inherited, or due to weak arch supporting muscles. Injury, obesity, and certain medical conditions can also contribute to flat feet. Wearing unsupportive shoes or standing for extended periods on hard surfaces may exacerbate the discomfort. To alleviate flat foot pain, it can be helpful to wear proper footwear and custom orthotics, in addition to performing exercises to strengthen the arch-supporting muscles. Understanding the symptoms and causes of flat foot pain is essential for managing and preventing discomfort, allowing individuals to maintain an active and pain-free lifestyle. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a chiropodist who can help you to manage this condition. 

Flat feet are a common foot condition. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to flat feet, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Are Flat Feet? 

Flat feet are feet that do not have a well-defined arch in the middle of the sole of the foot. Flat feet may be flexible or rigid. Flexible flat feet have an arch when there is no pressure put on the foot, such as when one is sitting, but the arch disappears upon standing. Rigid flat feet lack an arch regardless of whether one is standing or not. 


Flat feet can be present from birth or acquired over time due to a weakening of the ligaments in the arch. Sometimes flat feet are caused by illnesses, injuries, or pregnancy. 


Flat feet often cause no noticeable symptoms. However, some people may experience pain and discomfort due to their flat feet. 

Symptoms associated with flat feet include:

  • Pain in the arch, heel, ankle, or along the outside of the foot

  • Overpronation of the foot

  • Shin splints

  • Aching or fatigue in the feet or legs

  • Pain in the knees, hips, or lower back


In cases where flat feet cause symptoms, there are various treatments available. Wearing orthotic inserts in your shoes to provide more arch support, performing stretches, and taking medications may improve your symptoms. If you are overweight, losing weight can help relieve pressure on the feet. In severe cases, surgery may be considered. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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