How can I strengthen my flat feet?

Having flat feet essentially means that the arches on the bottom of your feet are flat. If you were to stand up on the floor, the entire sole of your foot would touch the floor. For most people, having flat feet brings no discomfort or inconvenience. There are times though, if you are very active or involved in higher stress activities, that flat feet can become strained and cause pain in your feet and even your lower back.

You can help correct and strengthen flat feet by doing exercises that focus on the strength and flexibility of your arch. Dr. Danciger suggests trying the following:

  • While sitting, rest one foot across the knee of the other leg. Grab your toes and bend them toward your shin to stretch your arch.
  • Stand on the edge of a stair and lower your heels below the edge. This will stretch your arches and calf muscles.
  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and rise up on your toes. Progress to doing this one foot at a time.
  • Place a towel on the floor and using only your toes, scrunch it towards you bit by bit.

These are just a few options to try but if you are feeling any persistent pain from having flat feet, come in and see Dr. Danciger. There are other treatment methods available such as custom orthotics to help support flat feet. Make an appointment by calling (760) 568-0108 or connecting with us online.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle