More Than Half of Americans Limit Activity Because of Foot Pain

In survey, people cite high heels as leading cause of pain.

June 6, 2014
Runners' Feet

How do your feet feel right now? If the answer is "could be better," then you're not alone. According to a poll commissioned by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 51% of Americans say that foot pain curtails their walking, working and/or working out.

Some of that discomfort may be due to neglect–25% of the respondents say they always tend to their feet health (compared to 51% who said they're always on top of their dental health).

Some of that pain might also be caused by shoe choice. Of the women polled, 49% said they regularly wear high heels. Never mind that 71% of the women polled said high heels are painful to wear.

The poll was of adults of all activity levels, not runners. Those of us in the latter group should pay that much more attention to the health of our feet, given that they're the foundation of our chosen activity. We favor putting as much thought into the shoes you wear when you're not running as into your trainers. After all, your non-running shoes are likely to be on your feet many more hours a week. Whenever possible, seek models with a low to nonexistent heel and a wide toebox to allow your feet to move more naturally.


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