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dmcfarlane
10-11-2007, 12:14 PM
Does anyone known how flat feet (aka Varus or "fallen arches") affect
load bearing capacity of workers? I hear that people with flat feet
cannot join the army because it would allegedly prevent them from be
able to carry a full pack? Is that really true or is it an urban myth?
Why should a flatfooted person be unable to shoulder a heavy load? Would
it hurt their feet too much?

I also hear that ageing can cause the arches of the feet to fall. Does
anyone know whether this is true? If so, at what age is it likely to
occur?

Regards,

David McFarlane MAppSc (Ergonomics)
Ergonomist, WorkCover NSW

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