When members of your family have a background of foot problems, flat feet may become inherited. To see if this will occur in your feet or a child’s, an early evaluation is recommended. Flat feet can cause deformity, performance issues, pain, and difficulty fitting shoes. However, not all flat feet are in need of care. But in most cases, a special shoe, shoe modifications, foot orthotics, and in some cases braces. In a severe or advanced case, surgery may be required. Your podiatrist can coordinate visits with shoe therapists, physical therapists, and doctors to get the most benefit out of your feet.