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Strengthening Exercises for Improved Arch Support

Flat feet, or pes planus, can benefit from targeted exercises that aim to strengthen the muscles surrounding the arches. Toe curls, a simple yet effective exercise, involve gripping a towel with your toes and lifting it off the ground. This helps engage the muscles along the arch and promotes better support. Arch lifts, where you lift the inner edge of your foot while keeping the outer edge on the ground, target the muscles responsible for maintaining the foot's arch structure. Heel cord stretches alleviate tension in the Achilles tendon and calf muscles, supporting overall foot flexibility. Additionally, ankle circles, rotating your ankles in both directions, enhance mobility and contribute to improved arch function. Incorporating these exercises into your routine gradually can contribute to the development of stronger foot muscles, providing better arch support and potentially aiding in the correction of flat feet over time. Consistency is key as you work toward building strength and stability in the intricate network of muscles that shape the foundation of your feet. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you effective stretches and other relief techniques.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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