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Possible Advantages for Flat-Footed People

There may be advantages for people who have flat feet. Flat feet are defined as the natural ability the feet have to roll inward, which may be helpful while running or jumping. The structure of the foot can absorb the shock, which may come easier than to people who have high arches. Additionally, the body may propel faster in people who are flat footed, and stability and balance may be enhanced. Despite this uplifting knowledge, there are some disadvantages to having flat feet. These can include difficulty in choosing shoes that fit correctly, and lower back pain may gradually develop. Observing flat feet can easily be done by standing with both feet on the floor. People who have flat feet will notice there is no gap between the floor and their feet. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arches generally develop by the teenage years. Flat feet in adults may be the result of becoming obese, running or walking while barefoot, or possibly from lifting heavy weights. If you have flat feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you with useful information on how to manage this condition. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. 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 Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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