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A fifth of employees have taken time off work because of foot pain

A fifth of employees have taken time off work because of foot pain

Almost 20% of employees in the UK report having taken time off work because of foot pain, according to new research* from the College of Podiatry.

The new survey, commissioned to mark the start of this June’s Foot Health Month, found almost 98% of respondents who said they had suffered from foot pain also reported that it had left them struggling to walk. Two-thirds of everyone surveyed said that foot pain had prevented them from exercising.

Half of respondents who reported suffering from foot pain had not sought help from a podiatrist or doctor.

Of the 50% who didn’t seek help for their pain, more than a quarter (26%) hoped it would go away on its own, and one in ten said the condition of their feet meant they were too embarrassed to see a specialist.

The new research shows that many people simply do not know where to turn when faced with foot problems – only 36% of respondents who sought help had turned to an expert such as a podiatrist. The vast majority, 70% of respondents, admitted to neglecting their feet more than the rest of their body.

We spend almost an hour and a half every week grooming our hair, face and body, but just 18 minutes per week on our feet – that’s only two and a half minutes a day.

Yet more than three quarters (76%) of respondents said neglected feet would put them off someone.

The survey found, people from Glasgow were the most likely to seek specialist help (67%) and people in Oxford were least likely to go down the professional route (25%).

The research also revealed that, of those who experience foot pain while exercising, 37% will carry on through the pain, while 39% will continue until the pain feels too much.

Steve Jamieson, CEO of the College of Podiatry, commented:

“This new research shines a spotlight on how many of us are suffering in silence from debilitating foot pain, and shows just how important foot health is for us, our families and the UK’s economy.

“It’s vital that more of us know where to turn when we suffer foot pain, that’s why the College of Podiatry is supporting podiatrists across the UK to raise awareness of the importance of foot health.”

*Results based on a survey of 1500 UK adults.

Notes to Editors:

June is Foot Health Month, when the College of Podiatry will be raising awareness of how important foot health is to our overall wellbeing and encouraging people to look after their feet and keep them in peak condition.

Throughout June, College of Podiatry members will be providing free foot health literature and support to people worried about their own, or someone else’s feet.

For more information on foot health or to find a podiatrist in your area please visit www.scpod.org


About the College of Podiatry

The College of Podiatry is the academic authority for podiatry in the UK, and an independent charity dedicated to foot health research, education and public awareness. The College is the public facing and academic arm of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists – the professional body for the UK’s registered podiatrists. Podiatry is the field of medicine that specialises in diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders of the foot and lower limb.


For further information about The College of Podiatry or Foot Health Month or to speak to a podiatrist, please contact:

Simon Colvan / Taryn Glenister / Kathryn Race

Ceres PR

0118 475956


Claire McLoughlin

College of Podiatry

020 7234 8648