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Weight and Foot Problems

Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Many people are considered to be overweight or obese, which can negatively impact the feet in various ways. Carrying excess weight increases the load on the feet during weight bearing activities, and can lead to pain and injuries that discourage physical activity. Additionally, obesity may raise the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, which can harm peripheral circulation and nerve supply in the feet. This issue is not limited to adults. Childhood obesity is a growing concern, with structural and functional changes in the feet that can affect a child's current well being and may persist into adulthood. Common foot complaints related to increased weight include non specific foot pain, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and osteoarthritis. It is important to remember that obesity is a complex issue with various contributing factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and environmental influences. Blaming or stigmatizing individuals for their weight can be counterproductive and harmful. Instead, offering support, encouragement, and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be more effective in addressing both obesity and its related health concerns, including foot problems. If you are overweight and are experiencing foot consequences, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a compassionate podiatrist who can provide you with help in living a healthier lifestyle and relieving your foot pain.

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York Mills, Utica, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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