Flat feet ok?

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Flat feet ok?

Post by Gabriel2000 » February 16th, 2019, 4:25 pm

Hello Rangers. As the title says. I have Flat feet (My arches are fine until i put weight on them) So i over pronate. It doesn't give me problems if i wear proper shoes when running (Which from what i hear they now supply) But i'm a little worried about boots. If i ever have to run in boots which i'm sure i will. I'd rather not get shin splints or fractures over time. So is this a disqualifier? If it asks if i'm flat footed on my Application (Recruiter emailed me the application. I forgot to ask him about it. i'd rather ask you guys anyway) And if i mark yes will i be ok? I hear that if you talk to the doctor while in you can get custom made insoles to correct this. But i just want to make sure. I apologize for this strange question. And if this is the wrong place to post this let me know and i'll take this to the proper area.

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Re: Flat feet ok?

Post by centermass » February 17th, 2019, 11:36 pm

Flat feet (also called pes planus or fallen arches) is a postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.

Chapter 2
Physical Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, and Induction


2–10. Lower extremities
a. Limitation of motion. Current joint ranges of motion less than the measurements listed in paragraphs below do not
meet the standard.
(1) Hip (due to disease (726.5), or injury (905.2)):
(a) Flexion to 90 degrees.
(b) No demonstrable flexion contracture.
(c) Extension to 10 degrees (beyond 0 degrees).
(d) Abduction to 45 degrees.
(e) Rotation of 60 degrees (internal and external combined).
(2) Knee (due to disease (726.6), or injury (905.4)):
(a) Full extension to 0 degrees.
(b) Flexion to 110 degrees.
(3) Ankle (due to disease (726.7), or injury (905.4) or congenital defect):
(a) Dorsiflexion to 10 degrees.
(b) Planter flexion to 30 degrees.
(4) Subtalar eversion and inversion totaling 5 degrees (due to disease (726.7) or injury (905.4) or congenital defect).
b. Foot and ankle.
(1) Current absence of a foot or any portion thereof (896) does not meet the standard.
(2) Current or history of deformities of the toes (acquired (735) or congenital (755.66)) including, but not limited to
conditions such as hallux valgus (735.0), hallux varus (735.1), hallux rigidicus (735.2), hammer toe(s) (735.4), claw toe(s)
(735.5), overriding toe(s) (735.8), that prevents the proper wearing of military footwear or impairs walking, marching,
running, or jumping, do not meet the standard.
(3) Current or history of clubfoot (754.70) or pes cavus (754.71) that prevents the proper wearing of military footwear
or impairs walking, marching, running, or jumping does not meet the standard.
(4) Current symptomatic pes planus (acquired (734) or congenital (754.6)) or history of pes planus corrected by prescription or custom orthotics does not meet the standard.
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Re: Flat feet ok?

Post by Gabriel2000 » February 18th, 2019, 12:06 pm

Well crap.. Thank you Ranger centermass

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Re: Flat feet ok?

Post by KW Driver » February 19th, 2019, 3:52 pm

what matters is what you reveal for medical history and what they see at your initial physical. they won't conduct the physical while you're wearing a ruck. if you get injured in service, and they then discover you had a pre-existing disqualifying condition that you failed to reveal... that could be problematic for you. I have no idea how problematic.

I can tell you this... having flat feet sucks on long walks if you don't regularly train long walks. like do at least a 8-10 miler with weight weekly. without continuous walks, about mile 10, them dogs hurt. won't kill ya or stop ya, but they hurt more than they need to. maintaining the strength to carry the load over the distance is the key. go to a school for a few to 6 weeks then go for a walk when you're back? it's gunna hurt more than it should until you get your feet back into the shape they need to be in. and the only way I know to get good at rucking is to ruck. start slow, light, and short, and build up. once you're there, maintain. you never need to walk more than 10 miles for training.

and yes, the Army has gotten smarter about how they train and equip, especially during initial entry.

I also got fitted for and issued orthotics while I was in and they never asked how long it'd been an issue, just a reaction to me seeking med support for an injury. about 17 years into service.
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Re: Flat feet ok?

Post by Gabriel2000 » February 22nd, 2019, 8:27 am

Thanks for the info Ranger KW Driver. I'm still going to go take the ASVAB and everything. The worst that can happen is i get denied. I do landscaping for a living. So i'm on my feet most of the day (Obviously nothing like you guys do ) But I've done 12 mile rucks after work before. Never had any problems . I only had problems with shin splints if i go for a run without proper shoes. I hear MEPS doesn't look at your record. The military only looks at it if you get injured (Like braking an ankle for example) To see if you broke it before. Is this true to your knowledge?

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Re: Flat feet ok?

Post by KW Driver » February 24th, 2019, 10:44 pm

I believe it’s a matter of how you answer screening questions that prompts further inquiry, in addition to a physical exam administered at MEPS.
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