MD Podiatrist Discusses Preventive Measures for Flat Feet

Dan Michaels, DPM recommends that individuals engage in stretching exercises involving the feet, just as we would stretch any other area of the body. “Stretching exercises before and after physical activity can be helpful to prevent or alleviate pain caused by flat feet,” he says. “By stretching the tendons and ligaments, it can improve the elasticity and counteract some of the negative effects of having pes planus.”
“Arch supports or pre-fabricated orthotics can help provide some of the shock absorption and support that people with flat feet are lacking. Feet with collapsing arches don’t get that natural rebound that healthy feet have and this can cause strain to ligaments and muscles. Arch supports redistribute the pressure and put the arch back into a better shape,” Dr. Michaels says.