The American Podiatric Medical Association sent out a survey which measures the public’s attitudes toward foot health. The study, which surveyed 1,000 US adults ages 18 and older, found the majority of Americans say they have experienced foot pain (77%), but only a third of those would seek expert care by a podiatrist.
Foot pain can have a profound impact on quality of life. Half of all adults say that foot pain has restricted their activities—like walking, exercising, working, or playing with grandchildren—in some way. For those with chronic foot pain, that number jumps to 83%. People say they would exercise more and participate in more activities if it weren’t for their foot pain. Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds. The survey results showed that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing.
Foot pain is never normal and it’s critical that anyone experiencing chronic pain seek care and call our office as soon as possible. Why suffer one more day when there is help for you?
Best Foot Forward,
Richard A. Nichols, DPM, PA, FACFAS