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Is it a problem if we have flat feet?

If your whole foot touches the floor when you stand, you have flat feet. Young children usually have them, because their foot bones, tendons, and ligaments haven’t yet formed arches. It’s normal for some people to never develop arches, but flat feet can cause pain. On the other hand, well-aligned flat feet can be helpful, because they support the body’s weight over a bigger area. An interesting stat is that 25-30% of the people worldwide have flat feet, a lot many more than one would have assumed. In most cases, having flat feet is harmless. Here’s an excellent, detailed page on flat feet from Medical News Today.

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