The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the Earth in a lifetime, according to a foot pain article in the New York Times on September 24, 2009. As reported, that is enormous wear and tear on the 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles that make up the foot.
It’s no wonder then, that huge numbers of people develop foot pain at some point in their lives, often complicated by improper footwear, excessive weight, diabetes or circulation problems. Podiatrist Brent Yaeggi, D.P.M., of the Rock River Foot & Ankle Clinic will address these issues and others in a free seminar at Fort Memorial Hospital’s auditorium at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.
“So many people continue to live with foot pain, not knowing that there are solutions available to help improve their quality of life,” Yaeggi says. And not all solutions are surgical, he emphasizes. Minor adjustments such as customized foot pads can relieve pressure and improve balance, and using antifungal powders and moisture-wicking socks can help prevent fungus infections.
The New York Times article cited a recent survey for the American Podiatric Medical Association, stating that 53 percent of respondents reported foot pain so severe that it hampered their daily function. The aging process is the most common cause, as conditions such as arthritis, bunions, and plantar fasciitis seem to be more prevalent in older populations. Excess weight adds to the problem, since the force on the feet is about 120 percent of a person’s weight. Ironically, additional exercise is sometimes considered the best solution for improving foot function.
Yaeggi’s October 6 seminar, “Walk Away From Foot Pain,” will address common conditions that cause foot pain, and conservative and surgical treatments for each. All are invited and there is no cost to attend. Participants should enter through the main hospital entrance on Armenia Street and proceed to the hospital auditorium.
To make an appointment with Yaeggi or one of his partners at Rock River Foot & Ankle Clinic, call 920.563.2136 or visit www.rrfac.com. The physicians have clinics in Fort Atkinson, Lake Mills, Whitewater, Juneau, Oconomowoc and Watertown.