(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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