According to survey results, not only was one out of every four adults unable to exercise because of foot pain, eight in 10 Americans (80%) have experienced a foot problem at some point in their adult lives.
With these numbers being reported, we should see 80% of Americans making regular visits to their podiatrists to address the underlying cause of their discomfort; sadly, this is not the case.
Why? Unlike other bodily illnesses or ailments, people seem to be under the impression that they can take care of (or ignore) their foot pain at home, until it magically goes away. Got a sprained ankle? Too many of you are just sitting on the couch with some ice, hoping things get better.
Unfortunately, as a Houston podiatrist, I’ve see this approach fail all too often. Unless properly treated, a sprained ankle or other injury will not heal. While the pain may resolve, the injured spot will be weakened, ultimately leaving you vulnerable to re-injury or chronic discomfort. Is it any surprise, then, that so many of us skip our workouts because our feet hurt?
Let me give you a message that may seem novel: if your feet hurt, see a foot doctor! Self-treatment of foot or ankle injuries won’t get you anywhere. If you are experiencing pain when you stand, walk or run, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider immediately so you won’t get stuck in an irreversible couch-potato mode.