Westlake Kensington Square, 28687 Center Ridge Road
(440) 871-3400

Lakewood 3386 Warren Road
(216) 671-7440

Lorain 1740 Cooper Foster Park Rd. West Suite B
440-282-1221

Wellington 508 Dickson St.
1-888-961-8038

Flat Foot

Flat foot is often a complex disorder, with diverse symptoms and varying degrees of deformity and disability. The several types of flatfoot all share one characteristic, partial or total collapse (loss) of the arch.

Other characteristics shared by most types of flatfoot include:

  • "Toe drift"--the toes and front part of the foot point outward.
  • The heel tilts toward the outside and the ankle appears to turn in.
  • A short Achilles tendon, which causes the heel to lift off the ground earlier when walking and may act as a deforming force.
  • And, in some people with flatfeet, bunions and hammertoes may occur.

Health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes sometimes increase the risk of developing flatfoot. In addition, adults who are overweight frequently have flatfoot.

Flexible Flatfoot

Flexible flatfoot is one of the most common types. It typically begins in childhood or adolescence and continues into adulthood, usually occurring in both feet and generally progressing in severity throughout the adult years. As the deformity worsens, the soft tissues (tendons and ligaments) of the arch may stretch or tear and can become inflamed.

The term "flexible" means that while the foot is flat when standing (weight-bearing), the arch returns when not standing. In the early stages of flexible flatfoot, arthritis does not restrict the motion of the arch and foot, but in the later stages arthritis may develop to such a point that the arch and foot become stiff.

Symptoms which may occur in some persons with flexible flatfoot include:

  • Pain in the heel, arch, ankle, or along the outside of the foot
  • "Turned-in" ankle
  • Pain associated with a shin splint
  • General weakness/fatigue in the foot or leg

Diagnosis of Flexible Flatfoot

In diagnosing flatfoot, the the doctor examines the foot and observes how it looks when the patient stands and sits. X-rays are usually taken to determine the severity of the disorder.

The preceding is for informational purposes only. The material is derived from the current medical knowledge on the topics listed. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This site does not provide medical advice.  A special "thank you" is extended to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, as much of the information is derived from their literature and websites.

Office Hours for Corrigan Podiatry

Westlake

9:00 - 5:00

Warren Rd.

Closed

Westlake

9:00 – 5:00

Warren Rd.

9:00 - 12:00

Westlake

9:00 - 5:00

Warren Rd.

Closed

Westlake

9:00 – 4:00

Warren Rd.

9:00 - 12:00

Westlake

9:00 – 4:00

Warren Rd.

Closed

Two a month Westlake / Lakewood

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Surgery staff

9:00 - 12:00

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Wellington

One Saturday / Month

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