Foot FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can running be hard on my feet?
A: Yes, without proper footwear and exercise, running can cause undue strain and potentially damage your feet.

Q: Why is running so different from walking?
A: At times when you are walking, the pressure you apply to your feet can exceed your body weight. When you are running, you can apply as much as three to four times the pressure of your body weight.

Q: What kind of exercise can you recommend for my feet?
A: Walking is the all-around best exercise for feet. It improves circulation and helps to keep weight under control.

Q: Can foot problems be symptoms of other medical problems?
A: Not always, but there are times when a foot problem can be an early sign of a more serious disorder. Diabetes, arthritis, nervous and circulatory ailments can cause symptoms in the feet.

Q: Is it normal for feet to hurt?
A: No, it is a common misconception that feet are supposed to hurt. Persons with frequent or continuous foot pain should seek medical treatment from a foot care professional.

Q: Are problems with the feet normally caused at birth?
A: Rarely, only a small percentage of people are born with problem feet. More often, foot ailments result from a lack of understanding, and neglect of proper foot care.

Q: How many people suffer from foot disorders?
A: Approximately 19 percent of American citizens seek treatment for foot problems each year.

Q: What type of physician do most people see for their foot ailments?
A: Podiatrists are the most frequently visited physicians for foot care problems. Orthopedic physicians and physical therapists are among the other health care professionals who provide foot care.

Q: What is a podiatrist? How does this person differ from a general practitioner?
A: A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who has received conventional medical training, plus specialized training on the feet, ankles and lower limbs. As with most health care professionals, doctors of podiatric medicine must be licensed and participate in continuing education to remain current in their profession.

Q: At what age do most people typically seek medical attention for their feet?
A: People of all ages seek foot care treatment for a variety of reasons. However, as people age and the wear and tear on their feet increase, they are more likely to seek medical treatment.

Q: Where can I find a doctor of podiatric medicine?
A: Most hospitals have podiatric physicians on staff.