Treat for your feet

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

PODIATRISTS say as many as 1.4 mil­lion Aus­tralians wake up with sore feet ev­ery day.

Townsville po­di­a­trist Trent John­ston said poor shoe choices, mod­ern life­style de­mands and gen­eral ig­no­rance to­wards health all af­fected foot health.

Mr John­ston said a sur­vey re­vealed 48 per cent of re­spon­dents ex­pe­ri­enced heel, arch or foot pain at least once a week, with 6 per cent wak­ing up with foot pain daily.

Of the sam­ple sur­vey of 500 peo­ple ques­tioned, 28 per cent had in­grown or in­fected toe­nails, corns and cal­luses ( 26 per cent) and shin splints ( 19 per cent).

Half of re­spon­dents also re­ported mus­cle pain in their lower legs.

“De­spite the high in­ci­dence of com­mon foot con­di­tions, 58 per cent of re­spon­dents had never vis­ited a po­di­a­trist for spe­cial­ist treat­ment or ad­vice and just 14 per cent had done so in the past year,” Mr John­ston said.

“Most foot con­di­tions are pre­ventable, but they are be­ing ig­nored be­cause there is a dis­tinct lack of aware­ness around proper care of feet and know­ing who to turn to for pro­fes­sional ad­vice. Feet are a foun­da­tion for your body and tak­ing them for granted could lead to per­ma­nent is­sues such as arthri­tis or con­di­tions in other parts of your body in­clud­ing legs, knees, hips and lower back.”

Mr John­ston said bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion was needed around how po­di­a­try con­trib­uted to over­all health and well­be­ing.

Al­most two thirds ( 64 per cent) of women said they had for­gone foot health for a shoe that was stylish or af­ford­able.

“Many of the foot con­di­tions re­lat­ing to women are di­rectly linked to their footwear choices,” he said.

SOLE PUR­POSE: Po­di­a­trist Paul Ovaska with Doreen Ed­wards. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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