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Does Obesity Affect the Feet?

Obesity, a condition affecting millions globally, extends its impact beyond mere aesthetics, significantly influencing the health of the feet. The excess body weight borne by the feet places immense stress on the joints, tendons, and ligaments, potentially leading to a range of foot-related issues. One prevalent consequence is the development of flat feet or fallen arches, as the increased load alters the foot's biomechanics. Overpronation, where the foot rolls inward excessively, is also a common occurrence, contributing to conditions such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. The risk of stress fractures in the feet also rises due to the heightened strain on bones. Obesity may exacerbate existing conditions such as arthritis, causing increased pain and limited mobility. Additionally, the increased pressure on the plantar fat pad may lead to discomfort and pain in the heel and ball of the foot. Addressing obesity not only benefits overall health but also plays a pivotal role in mitigating the potential foot-related complications associated with carrying excess weight. If you are overweight and have foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can monitor your foot 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 Mark Majeski, DPM from Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner 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 Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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