flatfoot

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flat·foot

noun \-ˌft (always so in sense 3), ˌflat-ˈ\
plural flat·feet \-ˌfēt, -ˈfēt\

Definition of FLATFOOT

1
:  a condition in which the arch of the instep is flattened so that the entire sole rests upon the ground
2
:  a foot affected with flatfoot
3
a or plural flatfoots slang :  police officer; especially :  a patrolman walking a regular beat
b slang :  sailor

Examples of FLATFOOT

  1. <a comic strip about a square-jawed, trench-coated flatfoot who always caught the crooks in suitably dramatic fashion>

First Known Use of FLATFOOT

1860

flat·foot

noun \-ˈft, -ˌft\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural flat·feet \-ˈfēt, -ˌfēt\

Medical Definition of FLATFOOT

1
: a condition in which the arch of the instep is flattened so that the entire sole rests upon the ground
2
: a foot affected with flatfoot

flatfoot

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Congenital or acquired flatness of the arch of the foot, in which the foot and heel usually also roll outward, resulting in a splayfooted position. Initially, it may result from ligament stretching and muscle weakness. Later, altered shape of the bones may make the deformity rigid. In a few cases it seems to result from excessive weight or an injury. Symptoms may include pain, spasm, and awkward gait, but many patients have no disability or pain. Treatment to correct arch and heel position employs proper shoes and muscle strengthening; arch supports are indicated only for severe pain or excessive fatigue.

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