(HealthDay News) -- Flat feet occurs when one foot or both feet have a flatter-than-normal arch, says the Institute for Preventive Foot Health.
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About 18 million adults in the United States have the condition. The institute says cases that aren't inherited may be prevented by:
- Wearing well-designed footwear.
- Looking for wide toe boxes in the front of the shoe.
- Looking for solid heel counters in the rear of the shoe.
- Avoiding high heels and shoes that stress the forefoot.
In some cases, the institute says, orthotics or arch supports may be effective.
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