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Best Exercises for Flat Feet

Flat feet can cause discomfort and impact overall mobility, and specific exercises can help strengthen the arches and alleviate symptoms. Towel scrunches are effective, and can be done by simply placing a towel on the floor, using your toes to scrunch it toward you, then release. Toe extensions involve sitting with your feet flat and lifting only your toes while keeping the rest of your foot on the ground. The stork stretch, where you balance on one foot while pulling the other foot towards your buttocks, helps improve balance and strengthen the foot muscles. Using a foot roller, back and forth under your arch, massages and stretch the muscles. These exercises, when practiced regularly, can enhance arch strength, reduce pain, and improve the overall function of flat feet. Flat feet can cause discomfort while standing or walking. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can perform a comprehensive foot exam and offer relief solutions, if needed.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Paul A. Santangelo, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor 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 Niles and Rockford, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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