Sometimes feet are beautiful just the way they are. It may surprise you to learn that we are all born with flat feet. The arches on the insole of the human foot are caused by a tightness in the tendons that hold the foot together.

From birth until about three years of age, these tendons are loose, allowing the entire foot to contact the floor in order to fully develop a child’s foot. Go ahead, get up and stand barefoot and feel the floor beneath your feet. For most people, these tendons tighten up by adulthood and give the foot a normal arch.

However, if you feel that cold floor beneath your feet then you are aware that your arch never fully developed. In others, that are aging, injured or have an illness can force the tendons to loosen again by the lack of exercise and movement and cause flat feet later in their life. Although many people live with this condition, flat feet can make exercise particularly walking or running extremely painful.

One thing we need to realize is that our foot is made up of muscles (200,000 nerve endings, 33 major muscles, 28 bones, 19 ligaments; the human foot is a bio-mechanical masterpiece). And like any muscle in the human body, a muscle can change in capacity when trained with purpose and determination.

My belief, is one can exercise their foot muscles to make the arch stronger as any normal arched foot. You can do so by going barefoot and taking a stroll on the beach. By doing so you’re massaging your soles. You’ll get the added benefit by just walking on the sand. By massaging the soles of your feet will help your blood circulation decreasing the pain in your feet, ankles, knees and lower back and strengthen your foot muscles.