When Flat Feet Need a Surgical Solution

Flat feet, a condition where the arches of the feet are significantly reduced or absent, can cause discomfort and limit mobility for some individuals. While many cases of flat feet can be managed with conservative treatments like orthotics, exercises, and supportive footwear, there are situations where surgery becomes a viable option. Surgical intervention for flat feet typically aims to reconstruct and restore the arches of the feet, improving overall foot function and alleviating pain. This procedure is known as flatfoot reconstruction surgery. Podiatric surgeons may employ various techniques, such as tendon transfers, bone realignment, or the use of implants to achieve the desired results. Candidates for flatfoot surgery often include people who experience severe pain, difficulty in walking, or whose flat feet result from structural abnormalities. If you suspect you may need flatfoot surgery, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether this is a correct option for you.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Jeffrey Parrett, DPM from Parrett Podiatry. 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 Waxahachie, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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