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Flat Feet

If you have low or flat arches, you may suffer from pain, or have difficulty walking and/or fitting into shoes. At To Healthy Feet Podiatry, our team of highly specialized NYC foot doctors work closely with you to ensure you recevive a fully-tailored treatment plan and optimum care for long-term pain relief and improved comfort.


A flat foot occurs when the bones that make up the arch in the foot collapse, making the arch lay flat on the ground.


Low or flat arch(es), difficulty walking, difficulty fitting into shoes, pain in the foot, leg, knee or back, and callus formation.

Treatment Options

Shoe-gear and activity modification, supportive taping, NSAIDs, icing, physical therapy, and custom orthotics are some of the treatment options for a painful, progressive flat foot deformity. If conservative treatment fails, surgery may be required. 

Treatment Option Description (with Duration)

Wearing proper fitting shoes is key and one of our podiatrists will help you choose the right type of shoe. Depending on the severity of the pain, you may need to avoid high-impact exercises and/or require a period of immobilization for pain relief. Your podiatrist may recommend daily taping of your feet to help provide arch support. Icing the affected area and taking an OTC NSAID may help with immediate relief of pain. Physical therapy may also be prescribed and it is aimed towards reducing pain and swelling, as well as strengthening the tendons in your feet responsible for holding up your arch. For more long-term relief, you may likely need to be fitted for custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are inserts that are placed inside of shoes that provide arch support. Surgery may be required to repair a torn or damaged tendon and to restore its function. 

Expected Outcome

The outcome depends on the severity of the deformity. If diagnosed early, flat feet can be supported with custom orthotics, which help to prevent any further arch collapse in the future. If treatment is delayed, the flat foot can become progressively worse, resulting in chronic pain and disability.

Start Your Journey to Happy and Healthy Feet

If you are suffering from pain, or have difficulty walking due to low/flat arches, our team of specialized NYC foot doctors can help! Serving the Downtown and Midtown Manhattan areas of NYC, we help you get back to healthy and happy living. Call us at 917-398-3668 or book an appointment online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: If your flat feet are causing pain and treatment is neglected, your pain may become worse. This can also put you at risk for potential tendon and joint damage in the future.
Answer: Custom orthotics are very versatile. They can be made so that they fit inside both work/dress shoes as well as sneakers.
Answer: One of our podiatrists will start by taking and evaluating X-Rays of your feet to look at their structure. They will then watch how you walk and stand to look for any asymmetry. They will educate you on proper shoe options and help provide a treatment plan for your symptoms while taking your lifestyle into consideration.


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