What Problems Can Flat Feet Cause?

What Problems Can Flat Feet Cause?

It’s estimated that about 30% of the population has flat feet, or fallen arches, and often it’s nothing to worry about. It used to be that the condition was enough to disqualify you from entering the military, but that’s generally not the case anymore, depending on what your symptoms are. 

The dedicated podiatry team at Premier Foot & Ankle, with nine convenient Texas locations, are experts at diagnosing and treating flat feet, as well as preventing the complications that can stem from the condition. 

Your provider evaluates your feet carefully, talks in-depth with you about your symptoms, and designs a customized treatment plan. This ensures that worsening symptoms and other problems are avoided.

How do I know if I have flat feet?

You may have flat feet and feel no pain or other symptoms, but you can also experience a range of uncomfortable issues, including:

You can develop flat feet in childhood, as a result of aging, or because of an injury. Other risk factors include living with diabetes, obesity, or rheumatoid arthritis.

Flat feet can lead to other conditions

Unfortunately, having flat feet can lead to other problems. These include:


Arthritis can result from flat feet due to damage that occurs over time to your subtalar joint (the joint below your ankle) and your talonavicular joint (the joint in front of your ankle).

Bone spurs

Flat feet can lead to bone spurs, which are bony growths that develop near your joints. These emerge in people with osteoarthritis as well, which, as noted above, can also be caused by flat feet.

Bunions, corns, and calluses

Bunions, corns, and calluses can all result from flat feet because the condition causes parts of your feet to rub uncomfortably against your shoes, leading to corns and calluses, while overpronation (when your foot flattens and lands on the ground in an imbalanced way), can lead to the development of a bunion. 

Shin splints

The overpronation caused by flat feet also contributes to shin splints, or pain along your shin bones.

Your podiatrist will want you to get treatment for your flat feet if your symptoms are uncomfortable or put you at risk for developing any of these complications.

In order to create the best treatment plan, your provider learns all they can about your symptoms and how long you’ve been experiencing pain, and takes X-rays in order to better understand your condition. 

What treatments are available if I have flat feet?

Fortunately, our provider team at Premier Foot & Ankle offers a range of advanced treatments for flat feel. In addition to medications, including NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and oral steroids, we offer:

If your flat feet are extremely inflexible and arthritic, reconstructive foot surgery can bring your feet back to normal, thanks to tendon repair. If surgery seems to be a serious option for you, your doctor explains what to expect and what recovery looks like. 

We have many steps we can take to bring more comfort to the steps you take! If you’re experiencing complications due to flat feet, call the Premier Foot & Ankle office most convenient to you today, or request an appointment online anytime. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

3 Early Signs of Bunions and How to Treat Them

If you have tenderness at your big toe joint or you notice a bump forming, you may have a progressive deformity called a bunion. Learn what causes bunions, what symptoms to watch for before a bump develops, and effective treatments, here. 

What Happens if Athlete’s Foot Is Left Untreated?

Athlete’s foot doesn’t just affect athletes, and its resulting itching and rawness can set you back. Getting it treated quickly is important, since ignoring it can lead to serious problems. Learn more about prevention, complications, and help, here.

Best Ways to Prevent Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a painful and aggravating condition where your middle toe joint points upward rather than lying flat. In addition to hurting and causing other problems, it’s unsightly. Learn how to prevent hammertoe as well as treatments that can help.

5 Telltale Signs That You Have a Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a painful foot condition typically described as feeling like a pebble is constantly jabbing the bottom of your foot. Learn about the top symptoms to watch for, as well as the effective treatments we offer.

5 Problems Custom Orthotics Can Resolve

Custom orthotics are medical devices that are customized for your feet and your feet only. They provide relief from a host of foot problems and help prevent others. Learn more about them and common but life-limiting foot problems they can address.