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.
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 Henrietta Obidigbo, DPM from Jersey Foot and Ankle Clinic. 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 Freehold, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.