Exploring the Link Between Genetics and Flat Feet

Flat feet, a condition where the arches of the feet touch the ground when standing, has been a topic of interest in understanding the influence of genetics on foot structure. Emerging evidence suggests a genetic predisposition to flat feet, where certain inherited traits may contribute to the development of this common condition. Family history plays a significant role, with individuals more likely to experience flat feet if their parents or close relatives have the same condition. The intricate interplay of genetics and environmental factors shapes the foot's biomechanics, influencing arch formation. While genetics may set the stage, other factors such as obesity, injury, or aging can also contribute to the development of flat feet. Acknowledging the genetic component of flat feet provides valuable insights into preventive measures and targeted interventions. If you have flat feet and feel pain from them, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist who can guide you toward correct shoe choices, in addition to specific stretches that can strengthen the feet, and other relief options.

Flat feet are a common foot condition. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to flat feet, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Are Flat Feet? 

Flat feet are feet that do not have a well-defined arch in the middle of the sole of the foot. Flat feet may be flexible or rigid. Flexible flat feet have an arch when there is no pressure put on the foot, such as when one is sitting, but the arch disappears upon standing. Rigid flat feet lack an arch regardless of whether one is standing or not. 


Flat feet can be present from birth or acquired over time due to a weakening of the ligaments in the arch. Sometimes flat feet are caused by illnesses, injuries, or pregnancy. 


Flat feet often cause no noticeable symptoms. However, some people may experience pain and discomfort due to their flat feet. 

Symptoms associated with flat feet include:

  • Pain in the arch, heel, ankle, or along the outside of the foot

  • Overpronation of the foot

  • Shin splints

  • Aching or fatigue in the feet or legs

  • Pain in the knees, hips, or lower back


In cases where flat feet cause symptoms, there are various treatments available. Wearing orthotic inserts in your shoes to provide more arch support, performing stretches, and taking medications may improve your symptoms. If you are overweight, losing weight can help relieve pressure on the feet. In severe cases, surgery may be considered. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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