Flat Foot Problem Explained in Detail (for Indian Armed Forces Aspirants)

by Uday Kumar on July 6, 2012

Flat foot (a.k.a flat feet) is an issue which is very intimidating to any one who plans to join the Armed Forces. The advertisements for applying in the armed forces indicates that candidates with a flat foot will not be selected. So as a result a number of candidates come in to a series of self examination and consulting others which ultimatey leads to stress. So let me make certain things clear here. Many of us who think that we are having a flat foot are actually not.

How does flat foot occur?

Generally babies have a flat foot but as we grow old our foot tends to arch in the midsection starting 3-4 years of age. But in a few cases this does not happen. As a result their foot remains to be flat.

My Foot seems to be flat. Am I having a flat foot?

Try to stand on your toes. If you are able to stand comfortably on your toes with out any pain then may be you are not flat foot. If you also find an arch on your midsection of your foot while standing on your toes then you do not have a flat foot at all.

Why do people with Flat foot are not selected in the Armed Forces?

The reason for rejecting flat footers in the Armed Forces is that, the Armed Forces require a high standard of physical fitness. In order to be physically fit one has to run fast and run long distances during his/her training time and course of service also.

A good runner/sprinter will always run on his/her toes. While running on one’s toes, the foot acts as a shock absorber and reduces the impact of the ground to your shin bones, knees and to some extant back bone also. But in the case of a person with a flat foot, he will be running on his flat foot which will cause him to transfer the impact/jerk everytime he places his foot on the ground to his knees, shin bone and back bone there by causing stress fracture and other related medical problems to him. Also he/she will not be able to run fast.

How to over come Flat Foot?

Medically there is no procedure for cure/treatment of flat foot (or flat feet) except a surgery (which is done in extreme cases where the patient is unable to walk). But I have seen people claiming to get rid of flat foot by using a special kind of insole in thier shoes which is arched upwards in the middle. Walking on sand has also claimed to reduce flat foot. Even trying to stand on your toes will help to some extent.

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Vijay July 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Thanx 4 such information… But my concern is carrying angel of elbow and cavity in teeth.. Would u plz focus light on both the topics explaining them soundly and with pictures… How to measure the carrying angel of elbow and what kind of cavity is acceptable in the physical test… Apart from that I wud like to ask that my height is 176 cm, what should be my weight, coz it is 69 Kg, Is it over weight.. plz answer on my mail id or on this post.. Thanx………………… Vijay


Pravin July 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Hello sir,
Thanks for this valuable information.
Sir I think I have knock knees can please give me a information about knock knees.



praphulla July 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm

thank you sir. all these days i am worrying that i may not get selected because of flat foot. but now i am clear that mine is not a flat foot.


sushant s nair July 7, 2012 at 3:18 am

thanks for the valuable information sir.


AVINASH RANJAN July 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

Dear sir,
These informations are really valuable. Kindly put some similar discriptive information about CARRYING ANGLE OF ELBOW.
Thank you


ASHUTOSH KUMAR July 9, 2012 at 4:41 am

This information was really very helpful to me. I checked my feet and found that I am not having this problem(luckily).
I would like you to throw some light on the problem of knocking knees in the same manner you have approached this problem.
Thanking you sir.
Ashutosh Kumar


Kanika Dogra August 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm

i have flat feet, but don’t really face any problem while running or while standing on my toes. what am i supposed to infer from that?


hamada yousry September 22, 2012 at 2:05 am

thank u 4 these information , I want to know what the name of this kind of insole.


Dev October 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

sir,please give me a information about knock knees and how i am correct this type of problem?


neha sharma November 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

thanks for giving me suggestion about joining armed force but before joining we have to give some entrance test which is conducted by UPSC i.e. cds exam. But still i could not found the best books for giving this exam . Could u suggest me the best books for cds preparation.


rajasekhar January 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Tooth(one tooth) cavity is acceptable in indian navy or any indian defence forces.kindly tell me.


uday1 February 5, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Rajasekar, it is very well acceptable!!

kumar May 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

sir, my right knee gives a crackling sound when i bend it but there is no sensation of pain. will this be a problem?


kartik June 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm

what model no. of shoe i should wear to cure flat feet ?
please reply sooner.


Shikhar trivedi June 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

i have knock knee please give me your valueable information that i correct my knock knee please sir i have no time in agust my NDA entrance exam please sir


ashutosh tiwari June 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm

i am having partial flat foot means when i dip my foot in water and walk on plain surface i get partial “c” shape impression so sir am i fit enough to join the armed forces.i am eagerly wating for your answer please reply.


Sumit kumar July 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm

i have rejected in I.T.B.Police due to flat foot. But i have no problem to stand on toe and long distence runing. But although i rejectee. Can i will be fit. Please reply


navrattan July 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Sir i am not having flat foot.But alignment of my toe is not accurate.i can for long distances easily.. will it effect my joining in armed forces?? kindly reply.


navrattan July 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm

*can run
toe alignment is little bit inwards.

achyuth July 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

hello sir! my name is achyuth. i want to join in the army. i know that the standards of indian army is very high. I have many doughts regard the medical standards.I red all your articles about the standards, but still i have doughts. iam 170cm, and i have flat foot, but sir it is not similar that you shown on the above picture, and i have no pain while standing on my toes. is it ok to join? and sir i have two more doughts, how to examine the dental points and dental cavities? and how much weight require for 170cm? kindly tell the information. thanking you sir.


tyagi robin September 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

i m very happy to get this information of flat foot thanks to indian armed force………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..'”


Shubham November 8, 2013 at 8:52 am

please explain me about hammer toe and also tell are face scars obstacle for SSB medical standard in armed forces


Shubham November 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

sir i want to know how to detect hammer toes


ponmathan January 30, 2014 at 7:43 am

Hello sir,I have flat foot .now I am preparing for airforce technical branch.whether any possible to get opportunity in technical branch of any of the armed forces.


himanshubaurai April 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

cavity problem will effect (3 cavity)


abhishek kumar July 16, 2014 at 2:56 am

respected sir i want to ask u about large foot(not flat foot).
Will u plz acknowledge me over this……i will be thankful to u…tc


ajay konnur November 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm

sir ,
i have just one doubt i need to ask you . sir initially my both feet were flat .by doing exercises and running in minimalist shoes my left foot is normal (i checked using wet foot print ) and right foot is flat .however i can stand on my toes without pain and arch forms in both feet when i stand on my toes .i am very passionate about bodybuilding and army .despite my having flat foot i can squat 115 kg and deadlift 150 kg.i am 70 kg .i run around 5.85 km in 24.33 min sprint 13-14 s .i am trying to improve my time . my question is this if i can deadlift twice my bodyweight and squat more than bodyweight without any pain anywhere .i run better than army’s std . time too .doyou still think after doing all this i can be unfit for army .beause lifting this weight places far more stress on foot knees etc than i would ever encounter in army when i can do these well then there will not be any problem with army training .i’ll be grateful for your guidance


Amit Sharma March 25, 2015 at 5:51 am

Sir. I m having flat foot but I don’t face any prob while running …can I join army…,Sir plz tell …its my childhood dream…u can also contact me 8282829237 my no…


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