The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about one-third of American adults are overweight, and the same proportion is obese, which amounts to a whopping two-thirds of the population that needs to lose weight. Moreover, it appears to be having an ill effect on public foot health.
Results from the National Foot Health Assessment 2012 survey revealed that 78 percent of people in the U.S. aged 21 and older have experienced some type of foot pain in their lives. Additionally, people with high body mass index scores tended to have more podiatric problems than their lighter counterparts.
The Institute for Preventive Foot Health (IPFH) commissioned the study, which helped to pinpoint some of the main foot problems affecting Americans. They include ankle sprains, blisters, calluses, foot fatigue, athlete’s foot and cracked skin.
“People should be taking care of their feet and can do so relatively easily by keeping them comfortable, dry and free of friction,” said IPFH executive director Robert Thompson.