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How Being Overweight Can Affect Your Feet

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Being overweight can contribute to the development of foot problems in several  ways. Carrying excess weight can negatively affect the structure of your feet, especially in the heels. It also increases the pain and discomfort of arthritis. The more extra weight you carry, the worse any foot ailment becomes. Being overweight can result in overuse foot problems, such as tendonitis, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis or other heel pain. It is also believed that excess weight increases your chances of developing high cholesterol, poor circulation, and diabetes. These conditions can have a direct result on damage to your feet. The main ways to reduce the effects of obesity is to become more physically active, find an eating plan that allows you to lose weight gradually, and make some lifestyle changes regarding food habits. If you have foot pain that is a direct result of excessive body weight, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist who can examine your feet and ankles and offer appropriate treatment options. 

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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