How do they check for flat fleet?

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  1. eagle125

    eagle125 New Member

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    I have flat feet and like my ankles are curved inwards and it does hurt sometimes when running or going long distances...but I usually just suck it up... How exactly do they examine your feet? Does anyone know? And what is considered severe to them??


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  2. MiddyB

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    They don't check your arch. I recommend getting inserts. They will help with the pain and form and prevent injury.


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  3. falconchic88

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    I would be careful about getting doctor prescribed orthotics, those could effect your medical qualification. You can, however, use over the counter inserts to help with the pain. They look at flat feet on a case by case basis, so depending on the answers to the questions on the questionnaire, and what the exam reveals after reading your answers, you may or may not be DQd for the flat feet.
     
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    If you have been diagnosed by your doctor you will need to declare it on your DoDMERB exam. They may require you to submit any and all additional medical paperwork regarding this issue. The doctor may also look at your feet more closely than a candidate with no previous history for their feet.

    As flieger stated on the USAFA forum when it comes to DoDMERB and medical conditions it really is case by case. The best you can do is have your paperwork ready if they give you a remedial or a DQ.
     
  5. Sampia

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    My DS's feet sound very similar to yours. I do not know if they even examined his feet when he went for his physical. If so he didn't mention that but in any case it did not cause an issue. Definitely go to a good athletic store and have them fit you for a pair of running shoes. Certain types are better than others for flatfeet. Research it yourself online. My son says Asics work very well for him. Also a good insert into your military boot. When I researched flatfeet prior to his physical, I got the impression that it is not considered a problem the way it was in the past because shoes are so much better designed nowadays. Unless, as mentioned above, you have to have special prescribed footwear.
     
  6. USMCGrunt

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    I wore over the counter inserts my entire time in the service. Dr Scholls was all they had back then but they made a world of difference. I was Infantry and the boots were nowhere near the quality they are now. My point is that I was in swamps, snow, desert and everything in between, PT and Obstacle courses and very long humps with heavy pack. They held up to everything and were a great work around to arch issues.
     

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