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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Your feet could be killing you

New research from the Australian Podiatry Association has shown that 2 out of 5 podiatrists identify life-threatening health issues during their daily schedule of patient foot examinations.

The Association this week issued a stark as part of Foot Health Week (10-16 October) to get your feet checked by a podiatrist – it could save your life.

The latest research showed Australians who had visited a podiatrist for foot pain were unexpectedly found to have other life-threatening health issues, including:

–       33% circulatory issues

–       11% heart problems

–       25% diabetes (including risk of amputation)

–       23% gout

–       7% other health issues

Podiatrist, Charlotte Bodell, who is also a member of the Australian Podiatry Association said foot pain can be symptomatic of a much more serious health issue that podiatrists are trained to assess.

“People may not realise just how powerful the foot is when it comes to assessing serious underlying health conditions,” said Charlotte.

For further information visit: www.foothealthaustralia.org.au.

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