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Disability Certificate for Flat Feet

Illustration showing normal foot and flat foot.
Samyak Lalit
Samyak Lalit | May 23, 2018 (Last update: August 8, 2021)

Samyak Lalit is an author and disability rights activist. He is a polio survivor and the founder of projects like Kavita Kosh, Gadya Kosh, TechWelkin, WeCapable, Dashamlav and Viklangta Dot Com. Website:

Flat foot is a condition when the entire sole of foot touches the ground while you stand. There are mainly two types of flat foot:

  • Rigid flat foot
  • Flexible flat foot

While flexible flat foot does not cause much of a problem, rigid flat foot can become a cause of concern. A rigid flat foot can be painful and can hamper your athletic performance. This is the reason why security forces do not employ people with flat foot.

About 20-30% of people have flat foot of varying degree. Flat foot occurs when arch in the sole doesn’t get fully developed. This arch acts as a shock absorbing spring between toes and heel. In its absence, activities like running and jumping could be painful. Flat foot condition can not be cured. However, treatment can mitigate the symptoms.

Illustration showing normal foot and flat foot.

Can I get a disability certificate for Permanent Flat Foot?

No, you can not get a disability certificate for flat foot condition. The reason is that the flat foot is not one of the recognized disability conditions in India. In the RPWD Act 2016, a total of 21 disability condition have been recognized. And flat foot is not one of them.

Persons with disabilities require a disability certificate to be deemed as a disabled person by the government. This certificate entitles you to get benefits from the government schemes for the welfare of the disabled people.

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