What causesflat feet?

Many people simply inheritflat feet fromtheir parents.

Occasionally, flat feet can be the result of:

  • the feet bones not forming properlyin the womb
  • loose connective tissuethroughoutthe body, such as in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or joint hypermobility syndrome
  • a condition affecting the muscles and nerves, such as cerebral palsy , spina bifida or muscular dystrophy
  • theconnective tissuein the foot becomingstretched and inflamed possibly as a result of overuse, unsupportive footwear, an injury, increasing age, obesity or rheumatoid arthritis
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018