Saturday, April 12, 2008
US Foot Survey reveals parent neglect
According to new survey results, released by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) many parents seem to have low standards of foot health when it comes to their children's feet. 620 parents with children under the age of 18 were asked if they would consult a podiatrist and 35 percent surveyed said no. Only 25 percent of parents polled took their children to a podiatrist for treatment of foot ailments and the main reason for a podiatry visit, was ingrown toenails. 48 percent of parents who consulted a podiatrist admitted they had sought treatment elsewhere before they came to the foot specialist. The survey results reinforce the public’s general attitude to not seeing podiatry as a primary health service and support lack of awareness that prompt examination of a child's foot ailments may prevent serious repercussions. Although the survey did not factor for the benefits of self care (health empowerment) through improved access to health care information via the web and other sources, use of elective podiatry is likely to remain low in view of a poor economy.