80% of the U.S. adult population suffers from one or more foot condition every year, triggering rapid growth for the foot health industry. Currently estimating $1.5 billion annually, Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) recently released a report that predicts the Footcare market to reach $3.53 billion by the year 2017, citing diabetics, ageing population and product innovations as major forces propelling growth in the market. With the average person taking approximately 10,000 steps a day, the equivalent of 115,000 miles over their lifetime or enough to travel around the planet more than four times, neglect and lack of proper care of feet, including ill-fitting shoes, can wreak havoc on the entire lower part of the body due in part to improper movement, weakened joints, poor circulation and overworked legs.
Since 1989, FootSmart has been the expert foot health and foot comfort outfitter, operating America's largest direct retailer of comfort footwear and foot health products. It offers more than 3,000 comfort footwear, health and pain-relieving products through internet and catalog. In addition to designing, developing and sourcing its own products, it sells over 100 leading footwear brands including Aerosoles, Clarks, Crocs, Easy Spirit, Merrell, New Balance, Orthaheel and SoftSpots. Headquartered in Atlanta with distribution facilities in Memphis, TN, FootSmart is a subsidiary of Benchmark Brands, Inc.
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