You want to do everything possible to maintain your feet healthy and in good condition. This is especially crucial for persons with flat feet, which is a condition in which one or both feet do not form an arch when standing.
While most persons with flat feet do not have serious health problems, the condition nonetheless needs special care and attention, especially for those who are active and on their feet. Awareness is essential when it comes to strengthening flat feet and the muscles and tendons impacted, as well as understanding what to avoid.
In summary, exercise is beneficial for flat feet. There’s no reason to limit yourself as long as you’re not uncomfortable and progressing in your activities or exercising in moderation.
Exercise is single-handedly the best thing you can do for your flat feet since it produces a lot of muscle support to compensate for the lack of structural instability. Unfortunately, the bones and ligaments do not offer the structural support you desire. When you have shoulder instability, you should strengthen your rotator cuff.
Here is a list of flat feet exercises for your consideration.
Arch lifts, also known as “foot doming,” entail maintaining your feet level on the floor and lifting the arch of your foot as far as possible, moving your foot’s weight to the outside while keeping your heel and toes flat on the ground. The exercise may be done standing or seated.
It strengthens the muscles of the foot and has been shown in studies to aid with various ailments such as plantar fasciitis.
Using your toes to pick up marbles is another exercise that improves your foot’s intrinsic (deep) muscles. Place 10 to 20 marbles next to a bowl on the floor. Then, while sitting, take each stone with your toes and deposit it in the basin. A comparable workout would be picking up a towel with your toes.
Begin with your feet flat on the floor, raise your heels, and put your weight on the balls of your feet. Hold the posture for a few seconds before slowly lowering yourself.
Toe Walking and Heel Walking
Walking around the room on your heels with your toes in the air will help to strengthen your ankle and foot muscles. The same effect may be obtained by repeating the exercise on your toes with your heels in the air (basically walking tip-toe).
Stretching is often done as part of a regular workout regimen to maintain muscles supple. However, stretching is not advised in the case of flat feet. Because there is already some instability, stretching might generate extra instability by lengthening your muscle tissue.
Instead, he recommends including massage in your routine to protect your foot muscles from becoming overly tense. You want to address those tight places in the muscles without making them longer or less capable of providing support.
Some ways you can massage your feet are:
- Massaging the region with your thumbs.
- Roll your arch gently over a golf ball.
- Dry needling.
- Vibrating massages, such as using massage guns.