Many of us know that flat feet can cause pain, difficulty with exercising, and problems with finding shoes. However, you are not necessarily stuck with the issues flat feet can cause. There are a few things to do to help with this condition. First, you can stretch the calf muscle, as to avoid further arch collapse. Next, you can perform exercises that strengthen the intrinsic foot muscles in the foot along the arch. While wearing shoes, you can wear supports that align the bones of the foot properly. Conversely, going barefoot when possible may help strengthen the foot. In instances where a flat foot creates an extreme burden on your life, surgery may be an option. Surgery is sometimes the only complete cure for a flat foot. All of the other options can decrease pain and improve alignment. If you have flat feet, call us at Arkansas Foot & Ankle to find out which treatment options could work for you. Dr. Teufel is an expert trained Podiatrist located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.