Flatfeet are characterized by collapsing of the arch that comes into a complete or a nearly complete contact with the ground. Flatfeet be hereditary or be caused by stretched or torn tendons. Symptoms include pain in the heel and the arch of the foot. Treatment includes strengthening exercises, shoe gear modifications, and custom orthotics. In some instances, surgical intervention is required. In such situations, the surgeon evaluates the appropriate corrective procedure for the affected foot.