Getting Your Arch Back in Your Feet
Having an arch in your feet is important for proper posture and balance. Unfortunately, many people suffer from flat feet or fallen arches due to a variety of causes. Fortunately, there are several ways to help get your arch back in your feet.
Stretching exercises can help strengthen the muscles and tendons in your feet that support the arch. To do this, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and place a towel on the floor. Place one foot on the towel and use your toes to scrunch up the towel towards you. Hold for 10 seconds and then release. Repeat this exercise 10 times for each foot.
Strengthening exercises can also help build up the muscles and tendons in your feet that support the arch. To do this, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and lift one foot off the ground. Balance on one leg while lifting the other leg off the ground and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times for each foot.
Orthotics are special shoe inserts that can help support the arch of your foot. They provide cushioning and support to help reduce pain and discomfort associated with flat feet or fallen arches. Orthotics can be custom-made or purchased over-the-counter at most drugstores.