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Excess Body Weight and the Feet

Being overweight increases the risk of many health-related issues, including foot problems and pain. One’s gait can become altered from obesity, putting one at greater risk for foot, ankle, and other injuries. Eating healthy and exercising regularly is the recommended route to losing weight, however, it can be challenging to accomplish movement when experiencing foot pain. Tips to overcome this conundrum include starting an exercise program slowly. Wear well-fitting, comfortable, and supportive shoes along with padded socks to help protect the feet from injuries. Practice good foot hygiene to avoid potential trouble spots that might interfere with progress. If you are overweight and want to begin a movement program but are concerned about the ability of your feet to cooperate without excessive discomfort, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist about how to best proceed.

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 Gary J. Kaiserman, DPM from Achilles Footcare Center. 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 offices located in Forest Lane and West Kiest Boulevard Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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