Are flatfeet hereditary?

The answer is can be.  Many people think they have a flat foot because when they stand the arch flattens out.  This is not a flat foot, but indicates too much motion in the foot or pronation.  A true flatfoot would not have an arch when you are off your feet either sitting or lying down.  This type of flatfoot does have a hereditary component.

 

A flatfoot can also be somewhat flexible or it can be rigid.  It is important to differentiate between the two different types.

 

If you think you have a flat foot or have symptoms of fatigue, cramping, stumbling in the legs or feet, call the office to schedule an appointment to see if treatment is needed.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle