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How the Feet Can Be Impacted by Obesity

Research indicates that approximately one-third of the American population is obese. The feet can be impacted when extra weight is placed on them, and various foot conditions can develop. Obesity can cause the misalignment of various areas in the body, and the feet can feel the brunt of this. It is said that one pound of weight can increase the pressure on the feet and ankles by as much as eight pounds. This can become uncomfortable as the weight increases and may worsen while walking up the steps. A common foot condition that can occur from being obese is overpronation. This is described as the foot rolling inward while walking, which can result from flattened arches. Stress on the joints in the feet may evolve into osteoarthritis caused by excessive wear and tear. The chances of losing weight are increased when a gentle exercise routine is frequently followed. If you have questions about any foot pain you may be experiencing with weight gain, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward a healthier lifestyle.

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 Dr. John R. Northrup from Superior Foot, Ankle & Wound Care. 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 one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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