1 in 4 Adults Suffer With This Serious Medical Problem…
But Doctors Rarely Mention It Till It’s Too Late
Imagine for a moment a medical issue that affects 1 in 4 adults… with the numbers skewed heavily against adults of retirement age. A medical issue that can rob you of your independence… land you in a nursing home for life… or even end your life years early.
There’s a 1-in-4 chance you’ll suffer with this problem. Perhaps from a fairly young age. But your doctor probably won’t bring it up until you have it. Even though many cases – if not most – could be easily avoided.
Even if you subscribe to health newsletters, there’s a pretty good chance you haven’t read about this problem there, either. Why? Because it’s not sexy. But it is serious. Heck; anything that can steal your independence is serious.
And for millions of adults, the solution is so insanely simple.
The Epidemic Nobody Talks About
Doctors tend to address fear more than reality. For example, men in the U.S. have a 14% chance of developing prostate cancer. But virtually every man hears about it from his doctor.
You have about an 11% chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease… but everybody’s talking about it.
So when there’s a 25% risk of a health issue, don’t you think you should be concerned? Don’t you think someone should be talking about it?
This issue isn’t deadly as often as prostate cancer. It may not steal your independence as consistently as Alzheimer’s. But recent studies show it diminishes social function and lowers quality of life. And it involves pain, hospitalizations… and sometimes death.
And while prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease are difficult to deal with, this problem can often be solved with insane ease.
Just get new shoes.
Don’t Get Stopped in Your Tracks
Two new studies from Spain highlight just how serious the issue of foot pain can be. The studies found…
- 83% of seniors wear the wrong shoes
- Up to 87% of seniors suffer with serious foot problems
- 73% have nerve-related foot pain
The researchers also discovered that simply wearing the right size shoe can make a big difference.
You see, as you get older, your feet change. You lose some of the fat and muscle that pad the bottom of your feet. Your feet tend to get wider. And you may even wind up with two different size feet.
But if you’ve worn a size 9 all your life, you’ll probably stick with a size 9. Even if one – or both – of your feet has become a 9-1/2.
A Welsh study from 2008 discovered a heel of just 1-3/4” was enough to throw more mature women off balance. This can lead to falls… and potentially serious injuries. The same study also found soft-soled shoes made walking more difficult. Again, this can lead to falls and injury.
Other studies found orthotics and custom insoles can reduce pain, ease stress on joints, and cut the risk of falls.
One More Way to Hang on to Your Independence
I know a lot of you ladies won’t appreciate this. As pretty as they may make you feel, high heels are not your friends. Study results vary, but even the most generous results show high heels lead to more foot pain.
Let’s be honest here. If you’re in pain, you’ll move around less. So the best-case scenario is that high heels are severely limiting.
But plenty of studies say they’re more than that.
A 2016 international study found high heels boost instability at the ankle. Which raises your risk of accidents. And a review of studies determined high heels may be linked to bunion problems, foot/ankle pain, and a higher risk of injuries.
Your bottom line? It’s your independence that’s at risk here. Wearing “sensible” shoes – with lower heels and a firm sole can cut your risk of foot pain and injury. Custom orthotics may help compensate for changes that lead to foot pain and restrictions on your mobility.
Finally, don’t let pride keep you out of the podiatrist’s office. Or keep you in shoes that don’t fit any more. It’s your independence that’s at stake here. Sure, foot pain isn’t sexy… but ignoring it can have dire consequences.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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