Dr Mark Nelson
Foot & Ankle Specialist
Foot Health Self-Assessment Quiz
How Fit Are Your Feet?
In spite of being on their feet four or more hours each day, most Americans don't give their feet a second thought until they begin to hurt. Yet the wear and tear of every day life can aggravate many foot and ankle problems, from bunions and heel pain to arthritis and shin splints. Foot and ankle health is important to overall health, well-being and mobility, and plays a major role in the pursuit of fitness. The following "How Fit Are Your Feet?" Self Assessment Quiz will give you an idea of just how healthy your feet and ankles are.
0 - 20 points: Congratulations! Your feet and ankles are very healthy and you can maintain your active lifestyle and/or exercise regimen. With proper attention and care your feet and ankles should remain healthy; however, you may want to schedule an annual exam with a podiatric physician to ensure their long-term health. Furthermore, if you scored points for questions 4, 5, 9, 11 or 12 you should consider visiting a podiatric physician in the near future for a check-up.
21 - 40 points: Pay attention. Your feet and ankles are showing signs of wear, placing you in the moderate risk category. Although you can continue your normal activities, you should strongly consider visiting a podiatric physician for a check-up. If you participate in a rigorous exercise regimen on a regular basis or plan to - or if you scored points for questions 4, 5, 9, 11 or 12 - you should visit a podiatric physician soon to safeguard your foot and ankle health.
41 points or higher: Caution. Your feet and ankles are at high risk for long-term medical problems and you should visit a podiatric physician as soon as possible. If you exercise, you should pay particular attention to your feet and ankles until you see a podiatric physician. If you have not begun exercising, it is advisable to see a podiatric physician before undertaking any type of exercise.
Now that you've assessed the health of your feet and ankles, you are armed with knowledge that will enable you to maintain their health over a lifetime.
Even if you scored well, this self assessment is not a substitute for a physical exam. Furthermore, if you are over 40 and have any problems with your:
or if you have a pre-existing medical condition or injury, you should consult a physician before beginning an exercise program.
For more information call the Foot Health Foundation of America at 1-800-615-0807.
The Foot Health Foundation of America
Reprinted with permission from the American Podiatric Medical Association
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