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Healthcare 2016, 4(4), 82;

Self-Reported Ache, Pain, or Numbness in Feet and Use of Computers amongst Working-Age Finns

Clinical Physiology and Neurophysiology Unit, North Karelia Central Hospital and Honkalampi Centre, Joensuu FIN-80210, Finland
TMI Rauno Pääkkönen, Timpurinkatu 7, Tampere FIN-33720, Finland
Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 287, Modena 41125, Italy
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Academic Editors: Peter A. Leggat and Derek R. Smith
Received: 12 June 2016 / Revised: 26 October 2016 / Accepted: 26 October 2016 / Published: 7 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Health Issues in the New Millennium)
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The use of the computers and other technical devices has increased. The aim of our work was to study the possible relation between self-reported foot symptoms and use of computers and cell phones using a questionnaire. The study was carried out as a cross-sectional study by posting a questionnaire to 15,000 working-age Finns. A total of 6121 responded, and 7.1% of respondents reported that they very often experienced pain, numbness, and aches in the feet. They also often experienced other symptoms: 52.3% had symptoms in the neck, 53.5% in had problems in the hip and lower back, and 14.6% often had sleeping disorders/disturbances. Only 11.2% of the respondents thought that their symptoms were connected to the use of desktop computers. We found that persons with symptoms in the feet quite often, or more often, had additional physical and mental symptoms. In future studies, it is important to take into account that the persons with symptoms in the feet may very often have other symptoms, and the use of computers can influence these symptoms. View Full-Text
Keywords: foot pain; physical symptoms; questionnaire; computer foot pain; physical symptoms; questionnaire; computer
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Korpinen, L.; Pääkkönen, R.; Gobba, F. Self-Reported Ache, Pain, or Numbness in Feet and Use of Computers amongst Working-Age Finns. Healthcare 2016, 4, 82.

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