Increased pressure on the feet often happens with obesity. The feet carry the weight of the body, and foot pain may happen from the added weight the feet must endure. Research has shown there is a direct connection between foot and ankle pain and excess body weight. People who are overweight may feel they are in a catch-22, which happens as a result of knowing exercise is helpful in losing weight, and existing foot pain may keep that from being accomplished. The skeletal structure of the foot may be altered in obese patients. The arch may become stretched, and the toes and heels take on extra pressure. Ankle pressure is increased approximately five times while walking up a flight of steps, which may lead to foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Weight loss can be done by implementing healthy eating habits into the day’s routine. This can include choosing to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and trying as best as possible to perform simple exercises. If you have foot conditions that are related to obesity, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help answer any concerns you may have.
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 Devin Bland, DPM from Prestige Medical Care. 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
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.