There multiple surgeries that can be performed to correct a flat foot. Typically you need to wait six to eight weeks before you can bear weight again.

What is Flat foot?

Flat foot is where the arch of a foot has collapsed or is collapsing. This deformity usually is accompanied with pain but is not true in all cases. Therefore, flat foot can limit the amount and type of activities able to be performed.

What are symptoms of flat foot?

Flat feet most likely have pain associated with them. The location of pain can be located in one spot or multiple spots of the foot with flat feet. The most commonly located pain is in the arch and heel but can extend to other parts of the foot or ankle. Pain on the outside of the foot can also occur, as well as on other muscles and ligaments that extend up the leg.

  • Pain in arch
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Pain that extends up the leg

What causes flat foot?

There are many causes to flat feet. Usually flat feet are developed over time as we age, however you can also be born with them. Injury to your feet can cause this deformity, as well as arthritis and tendon issues.

  • Genetics
  • Develop as we age
  • Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Tendon Issues


The severity of the condition will determine the treatment required. For less severe cases, there are solutions to help relieve symptoms. Wearing shoes with good arch support, and losing weight can greatly help. Adding cushion to your shoes may also help your feet feel better. For more severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

  • Shoes with good arch support
  • Orthotics
  • Adding cushion to shoes
  • Losing weight

Surgical Treatment

The Surgical treatment involves reconstructing the deformity to its proper position. This can involve a bone fusion to the arch or other affected parts of the foot. There are many tendons that run through a foot that may also be affected and need to be adjusted.