Extra weight can have a detrimental effect on your feet. Beyond achy and tired feet, problems from obesity can lead to arthritis in the feet. Overweight individuals might notice that their ankles become weaker as their weight increases, and this can lead to increased injuries. With obesity, there is also an increased chance of becoming diabetic, a condition that comes with a host of foot issues. Wearing supportive footwear is important to decrease the amount of strain put on the feet. Losing weight should be the focus of lessening how obesity affects the feet. Changing one’s diet is the most obvious way to help lose weight. Eating healthy foods and those that decrease inflammation is recommended. Diabetics need to make sure that they manage their blood sugar well. Even mild exercise will help in controlling weight. If you are obese and it is affecting your feet, seeing a podiatrist is suggested. This medical professional can help keep your feet as comfortable as possible while weight loss is undertaken.
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 Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. 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.