The American Podiatric Medical Association recently conducted a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. high school students on how kids these days are treating their feet.
They discovered that about six in 10 teenagers experience some kind of foot pain, but there are disparities in how the kids said they treat this. Roughly 20 percent said they use orthotics in their shoes for added support, and the same proportion said they have seen a podiatrist.
The survey also revealed that girls tend to be more cognizant of foot conditions than boys, outnumbering males in just about every category of foot care – from trimming toenails to performing leg and foot exercises.
These efforts may help prevent bunions, hammer toe and fallen arches in these girls, as the conditions are more likely to occur in females. Additionally, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that girls as young as 10 may develop bunions.
Teens with bunions, hammer toe or fallen arches may want to use conservative methods of bunion correction, like bunion splints or orthotics, as these are shown to be especially effective for deformities that have not yet become advanced.