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How Being Overweight Affects the Feet

Excess weight does not just affect your waistline, it also can have a significant impact on the health of your feet. Studies have consistently shown a strong correlation between being overweight and various foot problems. Carrying extra pounds puts undue stress on the feet and can lead to plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, and even stress fractures. Research indicates that people with a higher body mass index, or BMI, are more likely to endure foot pain and disability that affects their ability to exercise and perform daily activities. Obesity alters the gait and increases the risk of joint injuries in the ankles, knees, and hips. Research reveals a stark increase in the likelihood of needing a knee replacement as the BMI rises. Managing weight through healthy diet choices and regular physical activity reduces the strain on your feet, thereby reducing the risk of developing debilitating foot conditions. Practicing good foot hygiene, wearing proper footwear, and seeking professional foot care from a podiatrist are methods to prevent and alleviate foot pain from obesity. If you are overweight and experiencing foot problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for 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 Dr. Richard T. Bauer from Summit Foot & Ankle. 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 Latham, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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