A recent study by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that 77% of Americans over the age of 18 have experienced some kind of foot pain, but only a third of those would actually seek a podiatrist. Of the respondents with foot pain, 39% claim that they would exercise more if they could alleviate that pain and 41% say they would partake in more activities.
Of the participants who visited a podiatrist, 88% said they received a quick diagnosis, and 76% said that they were given effective treatment and overcame the problem.
These unbalanced statistics are concerning but not unexpected. “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,” said APMA President Frank Spinosa. “Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds.”
If you are experiencing any sort of foot or ankle pain, don’t join the overwhelming number of those refusing to get help and allowing injury to hold them back. Seek medical attention from a podiatrist like Dr. Neal Mozen, DPM of Foot Health Care Associates. Dr. Mozen will provide the care that you need.
What is a Podiatrist?
Someone would seek care of a podiatrist when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.
A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:
- physical therapy
- perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
- orthotic inserts or soles
A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.
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