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Calf-stretching exercises done with a towel. See a picture of a towel stretch camera.gif exercise.

  • Sit down on the floor or a mat with your feet stretched out in front of you.
  • Roll up a towel lengthwise and then loop it over one foot (around the ball of your foot).
  • Take one end of the towel in either hand and gently pull the towel towards your body to stretch the front of your foot. Repeat with the other foot.

Some people—especially competitive athletes, people who want to return to a heavy sports program, or people who are highly motivated—may choose more intensive strengthening and flexibility programs. A physical therapist or trainer can help supervise a program recommended by your sports medicine specialist or a foot specialist, such as an orthopedist or podiatrist.

Treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), heat, or massage may help with foot pain and leg discomfort. If flatfoot is related to another condition, surgery or other treatment may be needed.

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Last Updated: October 01, 2012
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