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Foot Conditions May Develop as a Result of Being Obese

Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

Research has shown there may be many foot conditions that can develop as a result of being obese. These may include plantar fasciitis, certain types of arthritis, which may include gout and diabetes. The feet bear the weight of the body, and the tissue that connects the heel to the toes may become inflamed as a result of excess pounds that fall on the heels. This condition may often bring severe pain and discomfort, and it may be beneficial for the feet if excess weight was gradually shed. This can be accomplished by eating fewer calories, followed by incorporating a gentle exercise program into your daily routine. If you are overweight and are experiencing related foot conditions, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist to learn about how obesity can affect the feet.

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 one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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 offices located in Valatie and Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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