Foot Health News Today
09/9 - SurgeonGeneral.gov
Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities recognizes the importance of physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. It calls on Americans to be more physically active through walking and calls on the nation to better support walking and walkability. IPFH supports this initiative and urges everyone to care for and protect their feet so they can engage in regular physical activity safely and comfortably.
07/10 - IPFH
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is inviting patients to "inspire others to fight for mobility" by sharing their experiences before and after orthopaedic surgery. We at IPFH also encourage you to get back into action, especially after any surgery involving the leg or foot, by wearing properly fitted footwear and following your doctor's recommendations regarding the type and pace of activities you should be doing to help recovery.
07/8 - IPFH
Sedentary lifestyle and not caloric intake may be to blame for increased obesity in the United States, according to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine. The study reveals that in the past 20 years there has been a sharp decrease in physical exercise and an increase in average body mass index among Americans, while caloric intake has remained steady. Investigators theorized that a nationwide drop in leisure-time physical activity, especially among young women, may be responsible for the upward trend in obesity rates.
By analyzing data from the last 20 years, researchers from Stanford University discovered that the number of US adult women who reported no physical activity jumped from 19.1% in 1994 to 51.7% in 2010. For men, the number increased from 11.4% in 1994 to 43.5% in 2010. During the period, average BMI has increased across the board, with the most dramatic rise found among young women ages 18-39.
The easier and more comfortable it is for you to exercise regularly, the more likely you are to do it. IPFH suggests you get moving now, and follow our integrated approach to fitting footwear to help ensure optimal function and comfort. (Image on home page courtesy American Journal of Medicine).
07/3 - IPFH
The European Union recently invited the Institute for Preventive Foot Health to participate in SOHEALTHY, a research project financed by the European Commission. SOHEALTHY links to the IPFH website and IPFH staff and scientific advisory board members will be available for consultation and collaboration. The initiative focuses on foot problems associated mainly with diabetes, obesity and aging, and will help determine footwear solutions aligned to these problems and to the mechanical issues that cause them.
07/1 - IPFH
Many women are turning to cosmetic surgery to fit their feet into high-fashion shoes. But the trend is "ill advised," according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, whose members specialize in foot surgery. The College has taken an official stand, asserting that cosmetic foot surgery should not be undertaken because it carries risks (chronic pain, scarring, infection, worsened deformity, bleeding, nerve damage, and a serious reaction to the anesthesia) without medical benefits. IPFH agrees and applauds and hopes that women will heed the warning.