A flatfoot means that the bottom of your foot does not have the usual arch. One or both of your feet may be flat. You may have inherited flatfeet. Having an injury, being very overweight, or having a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, or diabetes also can cause the arch to flatten.
Flatfoot usually is not a serious problem. But some people do have pain if they gain weight or stand a lot. You also can have pain when walking or running. You can do exercises and wear pads and roomy shoes to help support your feet.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: November 29, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Gavin W. G. Chalmers, DPM, FACFAS - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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