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The Dynamics of Adult Acquired Flat Feet

Adult-acquired flat feet, a condition marked by the gradual collapse of the arches, pose unique challenges for those affected. Unlike the common perception that flat feet only afflict children, this ailment can emerge in adulthood due to various factors. Weakening tendons, wear and tear over time, and injuries contribute to the loss of arch height, altering the foot's biomechanics. This can lead to pain, swelling, and difficulty with mobility. In some cases, underlying conditions such as arthritis exacerbate the problem. Individuals with adult-acquired flat feet may notice a progressive change in the shape of their feet and experience discomfort during prolonged standing or walking. While wearing supportive footwear and orthotics can alleviate symptoms, seeking professional guidance from a podiatrist is paramount. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of this type of doctor who can offer you relief techniques.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor 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 office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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