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Effective Stretches That May Help Flat Feet

The pain that can accompany the foot condition known as flat feet may or may not affect specific people. It is described as an arch that is absent in each foot and provides shock absorption to the body. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops during the teenage years. Consequently, the arch may not develop in some people, and they can experience discomfort with flat feet as they get older. Performing specific stretches may help to strengthen the entire foot, which may help to diminish the discomfort of having flat feet. These can consist of simple stretches that are called the towel scrunch, stair heel raises, and toe extensions. Many patients enjoy practicing the towel stretch, which is done while sitting on the floor, and wrapping a towel around the feet as the toes are pointed up. Additionally, rolling the foot on a tennis ball can invoke feelings of well-being as the feet relax. If you would like additional information about effective stretches to practice with flat feet, please ask a podiatrist who can provide you with useful information.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. 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.  

Symptoms

  • 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

Treatment

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 Larchmont and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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