Flat feet are not necessarily bad. Flat feet can result from / in poor lower limb alignment and can therefore predispose you to painful foot conditions or other functional abnormalities that may require assessment or treatment. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as “flat feet = bad feet”. Some people may go through life with flat feet and not have a problem at all. Others may have flat feet with unrecognised symptoms – in other words they see the symptoms they experience in their feet as “normal”. Other people may have relatively normal arches in their feet and have a plethora of problems that need correction / realignment because of pain in their feet. If you have pain in your feet or you are concerned about whether your flat feet will cause you problems in the future it’s best to get in touch with a podiatrist.