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Frequently Asked Questions on Flat Feet

1. Why flat feet is not allowed in military?

Historically, flat feet were believed to increase injury risk during rigorous military activities, leading to potential limitations in performance and mobility.

2. Can you actually fix flat feet?

While some flat feet cases can be addressed with exercises, orthotics, or surgery, others might remain permanent, depending on the cause and severity.

3. Is flat feet a disability?

Flat feet can be a disability if they cause significant pain or mobility issues. However, many with flat feet experience no adverse effects.

4. Do you grow out of flat feet?

Some children may outgrow flat feet as their foot arches develop with age, but others may retain flat feet into adulthood.

5. Is walking barefoot good for flat feet?

Walking barefoot may help strengthen foot muscles, but may not be beneficial for everyone with flat feet. Consulting a healthcare provider is advisable.

6. How do I regain my foot arch?

Regaining foot arch may involve physical therapy, exercises, orthotics, or in severe cases, surgery. A podiatrist can provide personalized advice.

7. Can you correct flat feet?

Flat feet correction is possible to a degree through exercises, orthotics, and sometimes surgery, depending on individual circumstances.

8. What is caused by flat feet?

Flat feet can result from hereditary factors, weak arches, injury, arthritis, or certain health conditions.

9. Why are flat feet considered a disability?

Flat feet are considered a disability when they cause substantial pain, mobility issues, or other complications affecting daily living.

10. How does flat feet affect me?

Flat feet may lead to altered body mechanics, which can cause discomfort or pain in the feet, knees, hips, or back.

11. Why is flat feet not allowed in the army?

Historically, flat feet were seen as a liability due to perceived higher injury risk and potential mobility limitations during rigorous activities.

12. Is walking barefoot good for flat feet?

Walking barefoot can strengthen foot muscles and may be beneficial, though it’s advisable to consult a healthcare provider for personalized advice.