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Stretches for Flat Feet

Collapsed arches are another name for flat feet. It is a condition that most babies are born with, and the aches generally develop during the teenage years. There may be existing conditions that can prevent the arch from forming, including obesity, pregnancy, and arthritis. Flat feet are an abnormal foot structure, and many people with this condition have aches and foot pain. When specific stretches are performed several times per week, that arch may develop and become stronger. A heel stretch can be beneficial. This can be done by standing and resting the hands on a chair while keeping both heels on the floor. As the front leg is bent while rocking back and forth, a gentle stretch can be found in the back leg. After holding the position for several seconds, this stretch can be repeated on the other leg. Rolling the foot on a tennis ball may help to improve the arch and can be performed for up to three minutes on each foot. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Patrick Bruton, DPM from Big Country foot and Ankle. 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 Abilene, and Brownwood, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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