Some flat footed people have experienced a dropping of their arches over a period of time, whereas others may have grown up from a young age, never having developed an arch.
In either case it’s important to understand that a reduction in the arches of the feet is not due to a malformation of the feet, rather it’s due to a misalignment of the 26 bones in each foot.
That’s why chiropractic adjustments to the bones and joints of the feet can lead to an improvement and increased height of the arches. Better foot bone and joint alignment is consistent with better foot
function and arch support. In addition to chiropractic foot adjustments, patients with reduced arches should adopt a regular routine of rehabilitative exercises to help improve arch function and strength.
One of the most effective, and yet a very simple foot exercise to perform is known as toe curls.
You can do this exercise with ease and in the comfort of your home. It is best to find a location with a smooth, hard floor.
Place the towel on the floor and smooth it out in front of the chair.
Sit and rest one foot on top of the towel with your heel near the
edge and your toes pointing toward the center.
While your foot is resting comfortably on the towel, flex (curl) all five toes pulling the
towel toward your heel. With each toe curl you’ll only move the towel an inch or two toward
your heel. Repeat the process again and again until you’ve
successfully pulled the entire length of the towel toward your heel.
Continue to flatten the towel out across the floor and repeat the
process several times for both feet.
This toe curl exercise will strengthen the tiny muscles that work to lift and support the arches. Flat footed patients who have had their feet adjusted for a period of time will experience better results from arch strengthening foot exercises. The process of having your foot bones and joints realigned through chiropractic will better prepare your feet for arch strengthening exercises.