Welcome! My name is James and I’m the creator of Somastruct. This site started as part of a project to see if I could correct my flat feet with arch strengthening exercises. I’m happy to say that after several months of training, I developed normal arches in my feet.
This site now serves as a resource to show you exactly how I did it.
To give you an idea of how the shape of my foot changed here is a comparison of footprints from before and after.
For a good general overview of the program I’ve created a detailed guide. In it you’ll find the specific problems I needed to work on and how I addressed those issues.
I tested out lots of exercises during this process to find out which ones were the most effective. The initial plan was to spend 10-15 minutes a day working on exercises for my feet. Click below for a sample of some of the exercises in the program.
Check Out My Results
Once a week during the project I made footprints like the ones above, took weekly measurements of the footprints to calculate something called the Arch Index, and also took pictures of my arches to track my progress.
After 10 weeks my feet were no longer flat based on the arch measurements. I continued to work on exercises after that point to get the best possible result. Now, I am completely satisfied with the shape and strength of my arches.
Throughout the site, you’ll find lots of free articles and tutorials dealing with flat feet and overpronation. Something I learned early on while trying to make changes to the shape of my arch is that the problem involved more than the foot.
During the first few months of the project, I wrote weekly blog posts on my journey towards better arches. Those posts can still be found in the Weekly Update Archive.