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Flat Foot Definition & Overview

Definition

A flat foot occurs when the normal arch is lost. It is often associated with the lower part of the legs being angled outwards.

Twenty percent of adults have flat feet, and nearly all babies are born without the normal adult arch. Most flat feet are “flexible,” cause no problems, and do not require treatment. Some of them are “rigid,” produce symptoms, and are best treated. Rigid flat feet that need treatment can be identified by symptoms and by examination of the foot.

Normal Foot Arch

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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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