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  • Flat feet and the load-bearing capacity of soldiers

    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


    David McFarlane MAppSc (Ergonomics)
    Ergonomist, WorkCover NSW


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