Carrying extra weight can put additional strain on the feet, as they bear the body's load with every step. This increased pressure can lead to a range of foot conditions, including flattened arches, which may result in plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot. It can also exacerbate the development of joint problems, such as osteoarthritis in the feet and ankles due to the higher demand placed on these areas. It is important to approach weight management and foot care gently and gradually. Taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle, choosing supportive footwear, and engaging in gentle, low-impact exercises can help ease the strain on your feet. Remember to be patient and kind to yourself during this process. Positive change takes time, and self-compassion is key to a sustainable journey towards better health. If you are overweight and are experiencing foot pain of any kind, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you with treatment, as well as provide effective tips on managing your weight for better overall health.
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 DeCaro Total Foot Care Center. 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 office located in West Hatfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.