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Causes of Flat Feet in Adults

Flat feet, a common condition among adults, occur when the arches of the feet collapse, leading to the entire foot making contact with the ground. While the majority of babies are born with flat feet, others develop this condition later in life, and several factors can contribute to adult-onset flat feet. Overpronation is a common cause of flat feet. This is an abnormal inward rolling of the foot while walking, often caused by muscle imbalances or improper foot structure. Trauma to the foot or ankle, such as fractures or ligament damage, can alter the foot's structure and also lead to flat feet. Aging can contribute to flat feet, as the ligaments and tendons lose elasticity, weakening the foot's arch support. People who are obese may notice their feet are flat, as a result of the stress that is placed on the feet from the added weight. Genetics and certain medical conditions can cause flat feet, including rheumatoid arthritis and nerve disorders. Understanding the causes of adult flat feet can aid in early detection and prompt intervention, ensuring better foot health in the long run. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Cleveland 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 our offices located in Cleveland, Independence, and Kent, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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