Going Toe-to-Toe With Foot Pain

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – If it’s getting harder to put one foot in front of the other, chances are you’re not alone.

In fact, podiatrists say that millions of Americans experience some kind of foot trouble on a regular basis. These problems can range from foot odor to ingrown toenails to various types of pain.

Foot ailments are among the most common health problems affecting the American population. However, many don’t seek medical treatment because they mistakenly believe that discomfort and pain are normal and expectable – especially with age.

A recent survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association of 1,695 adults ages 18 to 60 found that 47 percent had experienced a foot ailment in their lifetime. Although the prevalence of foot ailments was high, only about 7 percent had visited a podiatrist. About 16 percent treated their condition with over-the-counter products.

Men experienced slightly more cases of tendonitis, skin cancer and nail problems, while women suffered more general types of foot pain, including pain in the balls of the feet, heel pain and pain from shoes or orthotics, the survey found. More women than men had bunions: 3.31 percent versus 1.57 percent, respectively.

More than 11 percent of those surveyed said they did nothing to treat their conditions and instead lived with the pain.

Nearly 19 percent of the respondents admitted that foot pain inhibited them from performing daily activities such as going to work or the gym. Among the older people surveyed, that number increased to nearly 29 percent.

Although some foot ailments can be traced to heredity, many stem from the cumulative impact of a lifetime of abuse and neglect. And because of the amount of mileage we put on our feet, podiatrists say the feet are more susceptible to injury than any part of the body.

For more information about foot care and managing foot pain, visit www.apma.org.

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