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|How Fit Are Your Feet?
Take the 75,000 Mile Test and Find Out!
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, most Americans log 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach the age of 50. Serious Striders -- those whose professions or lifestyles involve using their feet more than the norm -- reach the milestone much sooner.
The rigorous sports and fitness activities that many contemporary Americans now engage in -- while beneficial to overall health and well-being -- accelerate wear-and-tear in the feet and ankles. During running activities particularly, pressure on each foot can be three to four times normal body weight. Even walking can take its toll: a 150-pound person walking one mile exerts the equivalent of 63-1/2 tons -- 127,000 pounds -- on each foot!
Fortunately, the foot and ankle are well designed to handle this stress and to support us for a lifetime. But certain conditions -- if undetected and untreated -- can seriously sideline even the most fit individual. With proper detection, intervention and care, most foot and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented.
What potential effect does 75,000 miles or its equivalent have on your feet? To find out, take the following test.
Use the following formula to calculate the approximate number of miles your feet have logged:
4.3 miles/day* x 365 days x your age = _____________ miles
Circle your range from among the following:
* This is an average. To calculate your specific mileage, wear a pedometer for a week, add up the number of miles you walked each day, and divide by seven. Then, insert that sum into the formula to calculate your baseline mileage.
Your feet and ankles are healthy and you can maintain your lifestyle with confidence. However, as you approach the 75,000 mile mark, and if you are experiencing foot/ankle discomfort, you should schedule an exam with a podiatric physician to ensure the long-term health of your feet and ankles. Furthermore, if you scored high points for questions 2, 3, 4, 5 or 8 you should consider visiting a podiatric physician in the near future for a check-up.
As an active person, you have logged a significant amount of miles and your feet and ankles are showing signs of wear. Although you can continue your normal activities, if you are experiencing foot/ankle pain or discomfort, you should consider visiting a podiatric physician for a check-up. In addition, if you scored high points for questions 2, 3, 4, 5 or 8 you should visit a podiatric physician soon to safeguard your foot and ankle health.
Your age, occupation, lifestyle and other factors have caused you to reach or surpass the 75,000-mile mark, which means you should pay close attention to the state of your feet and ankles. As a serious strider, you will continue to log mileage at a fast pace and your feet and ankles are at a heightened risk for long-term medical problems. To protect the health of your feet and ankles, you should visit a podiatric physician annually, particularly if you are experiencing any foot/ankle discomfort.
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