Survey finds that foot conditions are prevalent among elderly Australians
A new study examines foot issues among Greek descendants living in Australia.
, corns, hammer toe and arthritis are foot conditions known to occur in older populations. A recent study from Australia, published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, reveals that individuals of Greek origin living on the continent are no exception to this rule.
The most common issue that this population reported was a difficulty finding shoes that fit comfortably. This is also a problem that many people with bunions experience, as the bony deformity tends to get in the way of a proper fit in the forefoot.
Just 13 percent of respondents said they were seeing a podiatrist for their foot conditions, and an additional 40 percent admitted that they needed to seek medical attention.
The survey also found that foot problems predominantly affected women, much like bunions do.Results of this study suggest that elderly Greek individuals in Australia should consider investing in bunion splints or orthotics in an effort to help reduce the appearance of bunions or hammer toe, which may also help them find shoes that fit well.