Hi, my name is James and founded this site back on 2012 to chronicle my attempt to build arches in my feet. I hold a master's degree in physical therapy and have been practicing in the field for over 15 years.
As a physical therapist, I help other people with injuries almost daily. Around the time I started this site I was looking at ways to improve my overall health. I decided it was time to start dealing with some of my own nagging injuries and problems that I've dealt with over the years. Near the top of that list: my flat feet and horrible overpronation.
Growing up I was always taking apart my toys, electronics, and anything else I could get my hands on just to find out how things worked. I thought if I could understand the inner workings of something, then I could find a way to make it better.
Basically, I broke a lot of stuff.
But that drive to understand how things work has always stayed with me. The way my arches collapsed was affecting my workouts. I was very concerned about how my joints would feel after another 30 years unless I made a change.
Before starting this site not once had I heard anyone suggest that flat feet are a curable problem. For a long time, I believed this too or at least accepted that flat feet were just something I was stuck with.
I'm a skeptical person by nature and this led me to question the conventional wisdom that supportive footwear and inserts are the best way to treat flat feet.
I knew my feet were flexible enough to form arches. The trouble was that as soon as I stopped trying to force an arch they would go flat again.
The biggest challenge I faced in designing a program to fix flat feet was that there is not a lot of information available related to treating flat feet with exercise.
I spent several months looking at every research study I could find related to the causes and treatment of flat feet and overpronation. I spent many hours studying the structure of the foot and the muscles responsible for stabilizing the arch. I then began testing my ideas through trial and error to see what would work.
From my research, and after seeing how my feet transformed after only a few months spent working on exercises to build arches, I am now convinced that many cases of flat feet can be corrected with exercise. The goal of this site is to serve as a resource for anyone concerned about flat feet and overpronation and looking for a way to make the same changes.
Thanks for visiting!