TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - TORONTO, April 26 - According to a recent poll
conducted by Vision Critical for the Ontario Podiatric Medical
Association (OPMA), 77 per cent of Ontarians have experienced at least
one foot problem. The poll was launched to help spread awareness to
Ontarians about the importance of taking care of your feet.
Close to half (46%) of Ontarians with foot problems said that it
affected their normal activities.
12 per cent said that it caused them to reduce their work
30 per cent said that it caused them to reduce their daily activities
36 per cent said that it caused them to reduce their daily exercises
Alarmingly, only 28 per cent of Ontarians with foot problems have
visited a foot specialist for treatment. "This is an unfortunate
statistic because it tells us that there are many people suffering with
foot pain when they don't have to," says Bruce Ramsden, Doctor of
Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) and President of the OPMA. "It is
important that people see a foot specialist to determine the cause of
the problem and obtain the best treatment."
Although the OPMA advises those with foot problems to seek out a foot
specialist, a large concern falls under prevention. The poll shows
that only 7 per cent of Ontarians visited a foot specialist before they
turned 20, with only 2 per cent visiting a foot specialist before the
age of 10.
"It is very important for children to have their feet examined by a foot
specialist," says Ramsden. "Many children walk with a foot imbalance.
Although they are not in pain, they may be damaging their feet which
can lead to painful problems as they get older."
The month of May is recognized internationally as Foot Health Awareness
Month. Ontarians can find the closest Podiatrist to them by visiting
the OPMA website. For more information on the poll and additional foot
health tips, please visit www.opma.ca.
About the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association
First established in 1965, the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association
(OPMA) represents podiatrists across Ontario. The OPMA strives to
raise awareness to Ontarians on podiatry and the importance of foot
care. For more information, please visit www.opma.ca.
About the Poll
From March 15, 2011 to March 16, 2011, Vision Critical conducted an
online survey among 808 randomly selected Ontarian adults who are Angus
Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling
variability—is +/- 3.5%. The results have been statistically weighted
according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census
data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population
of Ontario. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
SOURCE Ontario Podiatric Medical Association
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