TODAY’S PODIATRIST KEEP AMERICANS WALKING
No matter your fitness level, your podiatrist can help keep you active
WASHINGTON, April 4, 2016—Beautiful spring weather means many Americans are dusting off their sneakers and getting active, but for some, foot pain gets in the way of their exercise plans.
According to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), 39 percent of American adults said they would exercise more if their feet didn’t hurt. With this in mind, APMA has announced a new campaign for Foot Health Awareness Month called “Today’s Podiatrist Keeps America Walking,” which will reach all adults who are active or wish to be active to educate them about the importance of foot and ankle health to a healthy lifestyle, and a podiatrist’s critical role in helping treat and prevent foot and ankle injuries.
“Many Americans cannot wait to start walking, jogging, running, or hitting the gym when the warm weather returns,” said APMA President R. Daniel Davis, DPM. “With this excitement, many adults find themselves pushing their limits and suffering from foot and ankle overuse injuries, which can prevent them from keeping active. That is why it is so important to see a podiatrist as soon as you get injured.”
If you have a pre-existing foot or ankle condition, it does not mean you cannot be active. If you have been diagnosed with a condition such as bunions or hammertoes, make an appointment with an APMA member podiatrist. They can help advise you about different ways of staying active without making your condition worse.
The “Today’s Podiatrist Keeps America Walking” campaign, occurring during April’s Foot Health Awareness Month, will share important information about ways to prevent common foot and ankle overuse injuries, choosing proper footwear, and more. To learn more about the campaign, and to find a podiatrist in your area, visit www.apma.org/walking
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation's leading professional organization for today’s podiatrists. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg. APMA has 53 state component locations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of more than 12,000 podiatrists. All practicing APMA members are licensed by the state in which they practice podiatric medicine. For more information, visit www.apma.org.
Peggy S. Tresky, MA