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Down At Their Heels
Heel Pain Tops America’s List Of Persistent Foot Ailments
The American Podiatric Medical Association recently conducted a national study which investigated how
frequently Americans suffer from foot ailments, specifically heel pain. There were 1,082 survey respondents, a
nationally representative sample of the U.S. population. Of these respondents, 818 had experienced at least
one foot ailment within the last year, with 429 Americans reporting heel pain. This study was conducted at a
95% confidence interval with 3% margin of error.
From standing for several hours each day to wearing ill-fitting shoes, exertion and discomfort take a serious
toll on American feet. For many, the pain is serious enough to inhibit daily activities. Yet when problems
arise, getting proper foot care is not the first thing on most American minds. A new survey by the American
Podiatric Medical Association shows that this combination of bad habits and a reliance on quick fixes may be
contributing to the nation’s foot woes. With heel pain as the most common complaint among those who suffer
foot ailments, few people who have experienced it have taken the time to get their condition diagnosed.
Furthermore, heel pain sufferers tend to consult sources other than podiatrists, instead of seeking appropriate
1) FOOTSORE NATION
With a range of widespread and sometimes self-inflicted conditions, Americans’ foot problems can get in the
way of their daily lives – heel pain in particular can exact such a toll.
¾ National Standing. Americans spend a lot of time on their feet – nearly a quarter (24%) report a full six
hours or more on a typical day. A fifth (20%) regularly log between four and six standing hours per day.
Foot Ailments Survey
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APMA Foot Ailments Survey | January 2009
¾ Bad Choices. Almost two thirds (64%) of Americans confess they wear sho