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Two Categories of Flat Feet

Pain can sometimes occur in people who have flat feet. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and this may extend into adulthood. Flat feet are defined as the foot having no arch or very low arches. This can cause an inability for the foot to lie flat on the ground and can affect posture. Some of the symptoms that patients may have with flat feet are swelling, pain, and stiffness, which may indicate an underlying disorder in adults. Flat feet can affect the alignment of the body and can compromise walking, standing, and running. The two categories of flat feet can include flexible and rigid. Children are more affected by flexible flat feet, and the arch cannot be seen while standing but will reappear while sitting down. The arch is non-existent in people who have rigid flat feet, regardless of any weight that is put on the foot. There are specific stretches that can be done to strengthen the foot. If you have flat feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you with relief techniques.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Jill Scholz, DPM from Town Square Family Foot Care. 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 Coralville, IA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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