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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.




1. ESTABLISH YOUR BASELINE

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:

a. 30,000-45,000 miles 1
b. 46,000-60,000 miles 2
c. 61,000-74,000 mile 3
d. 75,000 and up 4
SUBTOTAL_________

* 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.




2. WHICH CATEGORY BEST DESCRIBES YOUR
CURRENT PROFESSION OR OCCUPATION? (Pick 1)

Easy Steppers

Examples: 1
  • Clerical/administrative positions
  • Data processing, computer programming positions
  • Accountants, attorneys
  • Executives

Moderate Movers Examples: 2
  • Doctors, flight attendants, chefs
  • Teachers, military personnel
  • Bank tellers, store clerks
  • Homemakers, farmers

Serious Striders Examples: 3
  • Professional athletes/dancers
  • Mail carriers, police officers, teachers
  • Factory workers, waiters/waitresses, nurses
  • Store clerks, retail salespeople
  • Aerobics instructors
SUBTOTAL__________




3. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN
ENGAGED IN THIS OCCUPATION?

a. less than 2 years 1
b. between 3-5 years 2
c. between 6-15 years 3
d. between 16-20 years 4
e. more than 20 5
SUBTOTAL_________




4. WHICH CATEGORY BEST DESCRIBES
YOUR RECREATION/LIFESTYLE? (Pick 1)

Easy Steppers Examples: 1
  • Walking
  • Gardening
  • Bowling
  • Shopping
  • Golfing

Moderate Movers Examples: 2
  • Tennis
  • Racquetball
  • Biking
  • Power Walking

Serious Striders Examples: 3
  • Jogging
  • Running
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Aerobics
SUBTOTAL__________




5. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU ENGAGED IN THE
ACTIVITY SELECTED IN NUMBER 4?

a. less than 2 years 1
b. between 3-5 years 2
c. between 6-15 years 3
d. between 16-20 years 4
e. more than 20 5
SUBTOTAL_________




6. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR WEIGHT?

a. normal 1
b. underweight 2
c. overweight:
  • by 10 pounds
3
  • up to 20
4
  • more than 20
5
  • more than 50
6
SUBTOTAL_________




7. DO YOU REGULARLY WEAR HEELS
TWO INCHES OR HIGHER?

yes 2
sometimes 1
no 0
SUBTOTAL_________




8. DO YOU HAVE, OR HAVE YOU RECENTLY
HAD, ANY OF THE FOLLOWING?

a. arthritis, joint pain, tendonitis, or heel pain
yes 2
no 0
SUBTOTAL_________

b. flat feet or high arches
yes 3
no 0
SUBTOTAL_________

c. corns, calluses, bunions, or hammertoes
yes 2
no 0
SUBTOTAL_________

d. nails that are discolored, painful,
or appear to be thick, brittle, or flaky
yes 2
no 0
SUBTOTAL_________

e. poor circulation, cramping in legs, or nerve pain
yes 3
no 0
SUBTOTAL_________

f. diabetes
yes 5
no 0
SUBTOTAL_________

f. gout or psoriasis
yes 2
no 0
SUBTOTAL_________


TOTAL SCORE __________




What Your Score Means


EASY STEPPERS / Low Risk Category / 0-20 points:

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.


MODERATE MOVERS / Moderate Risk Category / 21-40 points:

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.


SERIOUS STRIDERS / High Risk Category / 41 points or higher:

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.


NOTE: Podiatrists recommend that you should always have proper-fitting (i.e. size and width) footwear. None of the advice provided should be used as a substitute for a consultation or evaluation by a podiatric physician.

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