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What increases my risk for flat feet?

Flat feet are usually inherited, so children are at a higher risk for flat feet if their parents have flat feet. Inherited conditions that affect the body's connective tissues, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, also cause flat feet.

Flat feet can also develop as people grow older. Women over 40 years old have the greatest risk for developing flat feet in adulthood. People who have the following conditions are also at increased risk:

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • play high-impact sports such as tennis or basketball
  • experienced a severe foot or ankle injury
  • use corticosteroids
  • wear high-heel shoes for extended periods

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