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New Research Shows Many Americans Have Foot Pain but Don’t See Doctors

Out of the 1000 adults surveyed for the American Podiatric Medical Association’sToday’s Podiatrist survey, 77% claimed they had dealt with foot pain sometime in their lives, but only a third said they had thought about consulting a podiatrist. Another statistic shows that about 83% of individuals who suffer from chronic foot pain have been restricted in the amount and types of physical activity they can do.

"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 Dr. Frank Spinosa, president of the APMA.

Podiatrists have received special degrees that certify them to handle almost any kind of injury or disorder of the feet and ankles. If you are hurt or would like to learn more about your lower extremities, consider talking to podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can assess the severity of your injury and work with you to figure out how to proceed with treatment.

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.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • 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.

For more information about What a Podiatrists Do, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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