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Flat Feet and the Military

Having flat feet is a foot condition that affects approximately 8 million people in the country. It is noticeable by the absence of an arch in the foot, and it can cause some people pain and discomfort. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops fully in the teenage years. Some adults will never have an arch, and this may affect certain parts of their lives. A common concern that is held by people who have flat feet and are interested in joining the military consists of being qualified for certain branches of service. In the past, military enlistment was not permitted for people with flat feet, but that policy has recently been changed. People who have this condition are allowed to enter the military, providing there are no obvious symptoms. However, if there is foot pain or swelling from flat feet, the interested person will be barred from enlisting. If you have questions about flat feet and how it contributes to enlisting in the military, please contact a podiatrist, who can answer any questions and concerns you may have.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact our foot specialists from California. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Upland, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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