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How can obesity affect your foot health?

How can obesity affect your foot health?

The increase of obesity in the United States has led to an increased risk for foot problems. Not only does it result in wear-and-tear, such as arthritis and heel pain; but also type II diabetes can develop from little more than one pound above your ideal body weight. 

Weight control is an essential component that can alleviate foot pain by decreasing the pressure on your ankle during simple activities like walking up a flight of stairs or going up an incline.

Obesity and Foot Problems

Obese individuals are more likely to experience foot stress fractures due to increased pressure from the additional weight.

Foot stress fractures are tiny cracks in bones that occur when foot muscles can no longer withstand the impact of heavy pressure or shock. They’re a problem for more than just runners— obese people have an increased risk too!

For those who carry excess pounds, the weight increases how much force is in impact. This can make it easier to fracture a bone since there’s more impact with their bodyweight when walking or running.

It is important for the obese to know that one symptom of a stress fracture can be foot swelling, which usually happens when weight gain or poor blood circulation results in excess fluid buildup.

Obese individuals often suffer from foot flattening, a condition that can lead to pain and difficulty walking.

In one study, researchers found that the pain of plantar fasciitis is most often related to excess weight.

There are many causes of the flat foot, including genetics and injury. People who spend extended time barefoot or without proper arch support can suffer from slow-building flattening. Obesity is one common cause that needs specialized supportive footwear to stop the problem. 

Weighing too much can cause swelling, so many people with swollen feet wear flip-flops or open shoes. But these unsupportive shoes exacerbate the problem!

Obese individuals are at high risk for developing diabetic foot problems, which can lead to serious complications.

Those with obesity concerns are at higher risk for developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes; in fact, obesity is the leading risk factor of becoming diabetic.

High blood glucose levels can result in neuropathy or damage to the nerves, which often means that these people cannot feel pain. This may cause sores and infections because of poor coordination from not feeling their feet properly.

People who have decreased feeling in their feet are more likely to fall, leading them at risk for fractures.

Prevent Serious Complications with our Board Certified Podiatrists in Katy Foot Care- Your Total Foot Care Specialist!

Nutrition is the key to controlling foot pain for many obese people. A simple change such as learning more about nutrition and its benefits on the feet can make a big impact!

A podiatrist can help alleviate some of the stress on your ankles and feet with proper, supportive footwear. They also design custom orthotics for those who have medical conditions related to weight problems like diabetes.

Worried about your foot health? Our office is here to help. Visit us today for a quick appointment in Katy, Cypress, Copperfield, Galleria, or Memorial. Give us a call at 281.395.FEET (3338)!