Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by willlfc2007, Jul 20, 2007.
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i was born with flat feet will this stop me from joining the army?
I think you can these days, you'll just be issued different footwear, I might be wrong though.
You're best asking on the Professionally Qualified, RAMC and QARANC forum.
If you are able to complete the fitness requirements, and can deal with your flat feet, there is no problem at all.
I failed my medical in 1986 due to having flat feet. Not content i went to an Army specialist who said that any issues with the feet would manifest themselves during training (Junior Leaders).
20 years on i am still serving, ticked all the operational boxes in that time and no problems with the old feet. Go for it and dont take no for an answer fellah.
Aye, generally speaking three things can happen; your feet can become un-flat (Such is the case with me!), you'll get on with no problems in spite of having flat feet, or you'll go ahead and end up buggering up your knees with all the running.
Just have your GP take a look and see what they think.
Depends on the type of flat fleet. Mine are nearly completely flat and I had to and see a consultant to see if they were spasticated (seriously, that is the term), which essentially means rigid. Mine were not so I was fine to join.
I have had some dramas and find that my feet bruise easily as a flat foot doesn't transfer impact as well as a foot with a pronounced arch. However, a set of sorbothane insoles does wonders. The army also had a set of custom made insoles constructed for me, which are excellent. I've ran for the army so it doesn't seem to have done me too much harm.
Best of luck and, as Wayner says, don't take no for an answer. Particularly from some civvi Dr who doesn't understand the issues.
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