It is common knowledge that obesity and one’s weight are directly tied to the health of their feet. For example, people who suffer from obesity tend to have more issues with their feet because of the extra weight and force they are putting on them each day. Interestingly, if an individual loses weight, they may also notice that their feet will shrink in size. One part of the explanation for this phenomenon is that fat in the feet may be burned when an obese individual loses weight. Additionally, another part of this explanation is that obese individuals typically have edema frequently. This is known as swelling of the feet. When an individual loses weight, sometimes they might notice less swelling in their feet. All of this decreases the size of the feet. If you are concerned about how your weight affects the health of your feet, contact a podiatrist today.
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 one of our podiatrists from Gerber Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors 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 Evanston, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.