Flat Feet Specialist

Steven N Klein, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Mountain View, CA & Redwood City, CA

Flat feet do more than cause you pain in your feet. The loss of arch support leads to misalignment that also causes pain and problems in your ankles, knees, and hips. Steven N. Klein, DPM, determines the cause of your flat feet and provides customized treatment that eases your pain and makes it easier to walk and stay active. If you have questions about flat feet or you need to schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Mountain View or Redwood City, California, or use the online booking feature today.

Flat Feet Q & A

What causes flat feet?

When the arch that supports your foot partially or completely collapses, you have flat feet. There are three types of flat feet:

Pediatric flat feet

Children naturally have flat feet for about six years because it takes that long for their bones to mature and develop strong arches. Some children never develop normal arches, so they retain their flat feet.

Flexible flat feet

Flexible flat feet, the most common type, begins during childhood or the teenage years, and then the condition keeps getting worse throughout adulthood. You can tell when you have flexible flat feet because your feet look flat when standing, but the arches appear when sitting.

Adult-acquired flat feet

This type of flat feet develops gradually when you have a health condition that affects your arches. A broken foot, arthritis, and damaged nerves are a few of the problems that can lead to adult-acquired flat feet. 

The most common cause by far is posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). The posterior tibial tendon supports the foot’s arch. PTTD develops when the tendon becomes inflamed or torn. As a result, it doesn’t have the strength to stabilize the arch, and you develop adult-acquired flat feet.

What symptoms develop due to flat feet?

Most children with pediatric flat feet don’t have symptoms. As they get older, they may have pain, tenderness, and difficulty wearing shoes. They frequently avoid physical activities.

Flexible flat feet and adult-acquired flat feet typically cause symptoms such as:

  • Ankle pain
  • Heel and arch pain
  • Shin splints (pain along the shin bone)
  • Knee, hip, and lower back pain
  • Foot and leg fatigue
  • Difficulty walking
  • Inward rolling of your ankle
  • Pain that’s worse during high-impact activities

People with flat feet may develop bone spurs that add to their overall pain.

How are flat feet treated?

Dr. Klein begins flat feet treatment with nonsurgical therapies such as:

  • Activity modification
  • Orthotics
  • Braces
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Shoe modification
  • Weight loss

If your pain persists despite conservative treatment, or your flat feet condition gets worse, Dr. Klein may recommend surgery. The surgical procedure you need depends on the type of flat feet and the extent of the problem.

If you experience ankle, heel, or arch pain, call Steven N. Klein, DPM, or schedule an appointment using the online booking feature today.