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Flat Foot Types and Appropriate Exercises

Flat feet, a common condition where the arches of the feet touch the ground, come in different forms, each requiring tailored exercises for optimal support. Rigid flat feet lack arch flexibility, necessitating exercises that focus on improving overall foot strength and flexibility. Flexible flat feet, characterized by arch collapse under weight-bearing, benefit from exercises that emphasize arch stabilization and muscle engagement. Exercises that target the intrinsic and extrinsic muscles of the feet, along with those promoting ankle and calf flexibility, play a vital role in supporting individuals with flat feet. Embracing such exercises empowers individuals to enhance their foot mechanics, fostering stability and minimizing discomfort associated with flat feet. If you have flat feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you with specific foot stretches.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. Our podiatrists 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 office located in Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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