Flat Feet + Calf Exercises

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    Nov 05, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    Whenever I try to work out my calves, I develop horrible cramps in my feet. When I was a gymnast, I had an atrocious toe point ... Various exercises that I tried to do to improve said toe point didn't accomplish much of anything.

    Does anyone on the website have any suggestions for improving calf strength and muscle growth for a guy with flat feet?

    Nick
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    Nov 07, 2009 8:03 AM GMT
    This is a tough one. You might want to talk with a podiatrist. Because feet are probably the most neglected part of our bodies, but they bear the brunt of the impact of everything we do.

    Maybe look up some physical therapy type exercises for your foot type so you can strengthen it properly? I know that I've been doing some foot strengthening stuff such as gathering a towel with my toes, and I've also been stretching the foot regularly. It seems to be helping

    Muscular cramps can also be a hydration issue.

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    Nov 07, 2009 8:44 AM GMT
    I'm kind of drugged out right now (sleeping pills) YUm! jajaja.
    I have flat feet and have experienced this sensation you are experiencing. The tightening of the flesh- the feeling that it IS condensing itself into a little bitty blocky. jaja. I use suPA FEET! They are great- wait- yeah- I use the ones for active feet- but they have some for flat feet. I also wear think under-armor socks that offer extra Padding. The pain still arises from time to time when I am not preforming the exercise correctly. Heel raises are supposed to help develop your calves and you can also do calf presses on a 45degree leg press!!!! BAM! you might experience that sensation when your- ----practice- I'll be back.................. sleeping pills are taking control over my body!!!!!!! NO. sono matto. X0


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    Nov 07, 2009 9:14 AM GMT
    I have flat feet, too, but haven't experienced what you are experiencing. I do get a tightness and pain in my feet when I wear certain shoes that aren't shaped right for my foot. I realized it was because the shoe was not allowing for proper movement of my foot. The best sneakers for me are the Nike Free running and training shoes. The worst have been Nike Air Max running shoes, I think because the movement is too stiff. It also happens with new dress shoes, but goes away when they break in.

    As far as your calf exercises and getting cramps in your feet, that sounds like it may be more of a form issue than a flat-foot issue. I could be wrong as I'm not an expert. Is it possible your movement is too focused on the foot doing the work versus your calf muscle? At the top of the movement, is your foot flexed, or is your calf muscle flexed? I always keep my foot pretty relaxed during the exercise and really focus on my calf muscle and never have a problem. Also, for my flat feet, I've found that pointing my toes outward during my stand-up calf exercises really emphasizes the inner gastrocnemius.

    Good luck!
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    Nov 07, 2009 9:23 AM GMT
    I have had flat feet my entire life. It lead to my back pain and hip and knee pain. I had always neglected my calves. When I taught step classes i did not have to worry cause my calves were huge. I had just gone for PT on my knee and found that one ankle was extremely more rigid than the other. I do band exercises to strengthen my calves and ankles, and do lots of toe raises unweighted until theres a burn in calf( 3 sets of 30). Also do calf stretches. Make sure you wear arch supports in all your shoes.

    hope this helps chem.
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    Nov 07, 2009 9:35 AM GMT
    chemguy79 saidWhenever I try to work out my calves, I develop horrible cramps in my feet. When I was a gymnast, I had an atrocious toe point ... Various exercises that I tried to do to improve said toe point didn't accomplish much of anything.

    Does anyone on the website have any suggestions for improving calf strength and muscle growth for a guy with flat feet?

    Nick


    hey Nick- dancer here with flat feet and sad calves:'( As far as calves go, I hear ya. I have seen more improvement through seated calve-raises than standing-calf-raises. I have trouble feeling a solid contraction at the top of a standing-calf-raise. As far as the cramping goes: hydration, first of all. Second, you should try massaging the tendons in the bottom of your feet by standing with a tennis ball under one foot at a time. Roll it around, put weight on it, find where your tightness is. After that, I've been doing an exercise already mentioned here: lay a towel with your water-bottle on it (for weight). Stand with your toes on one corner, and gradually pull the bottle to you by grabbing the towel with your toes and curling them under. It will strength the faschia and tendons along the bottom of the foot.

    Good luck!

    Chris