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Fallen Arches and How They Affect the Feet

Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Many people have flat feet from birth, however, flat feet can also be acquired later in life. Years of wear and tear on the feet can lead to a weakening of the tendon that runs along the inside of the ankle and creates the arch in your foot. This is known as having fallen arches. Unlike congenital flat feet, which typically cause no symptoms, flat feet due to fallen arches can be painful. If you have fallen arches, you may feel pain in your heel or arch areas and see swelling along the inside of the ankle. Wearing supportive shoes and custom orthotics, as well as stretching the feet can help you manage fallen arch pain. If you have painful fallen arches, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM from Greater Houston Foot Centers. 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 Baytown, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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