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The Cascading Effect of Obesity on the Feet

Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

Obesity can damage your foot health, and foot pain is common in obese individuals. This is because being obese changes the structure of your feet. Your feet carry the weight of your entire body. Extra pounds can put excess pressure on the feet, causing the arch in the middle of the sole of your foot to flatten over time. As the arch flattens, your body weight becomes unevenly distributed along the surface of the foot when you stand up or walk. The plantar fascia ligament, which runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes overstretched, leading to foot pain. The alignment of bones and muscles throughout the body may also be thrown off by the change in your foot structure, potentially leading to pain in the ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. For more information about the effects of obesity on the feet, please speak with a podiatrist.

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 Central Valley Foot & Ankle. 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 Visalia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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