Obesity and Foot Pain

An unbelievable 72 percent of Americans say they do not exercise because foot pain prevents them from doing so, according to a recent survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). This finding, coupled with the fact that rates for obesity in the United States are skyrocketing, per the Centers for Disease Control, makes getting an appointment with a podiatrist and addressing foot pain critically important.

The study surveyed 1,000 US adults, ages 18 and older, to gain public opinion on attitudes toward foot health and foot care. Results showed that Americans do not take the care of their feet very seriously and view their feet as the least important body part in terms of their health and well-being. This is in distinct opposite to the finding that feet were the number one body part to experience pain, even more so than the teeth or skin. As foot pain can contribute to a variety of detrimental health events, including hip, knee and back pains, it is important that Americans seek the care of a podiatrist immediately if problems arise. Why is this so?

Podiatrists are physicians, surgeons and specialists who treat diseases, injuries and deformities of the foot and ankle. We deal with orthopedic, medical, dermatologic, and neurological problems of the feet and ankles. Podiatrists should be an active part in every patient's health care team. This is very essential, especially for those people who are experiencing frequent foot and ankle pain to seek care from a podiatrist.

It is critical that people examine their feet and pay attention to symptoms of pain, deformity, or changes in their feet and seek expert treatment for foot and ankle problems. A podiatrist can help get you back on your feet quickly so you are able to exercise, but we are also the first doctors to help find possible signs of diabetes, arthritis, nerve and circulatory disorders, which can all be detected in the feet. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for the well-being of each patient.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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