Foot problems are continuing to soar at alarming rates. As part of our weekly blog series, Footlogics has offered timely and effective solutions for those suffering from common foot ailment. This includes plantar fasciitis, along with flat feet and other issues. While most people have benefitted from using our custom orthotics and insoles, millions still choose not to address their foot pain for a myriad of reasons. According to a study based last year by the University of Maryland, nearly 77% of Americans have or continue to experience varying degrees of foot pain. This study correlated with recent findings published by The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
As part of a recent survey conducted by leading foot specialists and podiatrists, over 50% of Americans now suffer from extensive or mild foot pain. As part of the survey, 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older were tested for common and intricate foot disorders. While nearly all were found to have some type of foot pain or discomfort, only a third were willing to seek expert podiatric care. The survey and tests were implemented to monitory and study the public’s attitudes towards foot care. While these numbers are discouraging for most podiatrist and foot experts, many within the foot care community believe there is still hope for those that are willing to address their foot issues in a timely and professional manner.
Foot pain can have a dramatic impact on the quality of life. In fact, it can result in severe immobility that prevents people from enjoying daily activities with their loved ones. Half of the adults surveyed also echoed these sentiments when it came to simply walking, exercising, working, or playing with their grandkids. According to recent figures published by the American Medical Association, nearly 83 percent of people in the country are now experiencing chronic foot pain. These numbers have increased dramatically from last year and experts believe there is no end in sight. Many of the folks surveyed also reported that if it were not for their foot pain, they would be able to exercise and participate in more activities on a daily basis. According to the survey, the numbers of people that are now taking their foot problems seriously in the nation are around 39-41%.
According to APMA President Frank Spinosa, DPM, “It’s not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing,” Spinosa also went on to say that “Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds.” This sentiment is shared by countless podiatrists and foot experts throughout the world. Sadly, many individuals wait until irreparable harm and damage has occurred before they secure podiatric help. With more surveys in progress, one can only assume that more facts and findings regarding foot care in America will be presented. At Footlogics, we can never stress the importance of having your feet checked on a periodic basis. This can help pinpoint exact causes of pain, while securing timely remedies and solutions before it’s too late.