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No longer a bum rap for flat feet.

Flat feet kept some recruits out of the Army in World War II on the theory that their owners could never withstand the rigors of long marches. Fortunately, the policy was relaxed after the war, and a recent Army study found that flat-looted soldiers actually had fewer foot injuries than those with high arches.

Whether this is due to greater flexibility that makes the archless foot less subject to weight-bearing stress can only be surmised. When we walk, the foot normally rolls inward with each step to absorb the shock. If it rolls too far or not far enough, injury can occur--not just to the foot but to the ankle, knee or hip. The height of the arch seems to have nothing to do with this rolling action.
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Date:Sep 1, 1992
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