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Flat Feet



Beltsville Foot and Ankle Center

X-ray Of A Flat Foot

A flatfoot is a foot with a very low, or no arch. The medial longitudinal arch spans from heel to toes. Flatfeet are largely hereditary, but can develop slowly over time due to pregnancy, obesity, high activity in sports, poorly fitting/supportive shoes, and jobs that require prolonged standing on concrete or heavy lifting. Flatfeet are like cars without shocks.

Signs and Symptoms

  • A visible sudden or gradual decrease in the arch of the foot
  • Arch or heel pain
  • Development of hammertoes or bunions
  • Forefoot pain


  • The mainstay of treatment for flatfeet is custom molded orthotics. They will prevent or slow the progression of pain and deformities when worn preventatively and can alleviate pain once it has begun. Orthotics improve shock absorption.
  • Wearing properly fitting supportive shoes
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises for the muscles and ligaments that make up the arch
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

Here is a testimonial from one of our flat feet patients:


Beltsville Foot and Ankle Center
10720 Baltimore Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: 301-804-1174
Fax: 301-937-0453

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