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How Weight Can Affect Foot Health

Numerous studies now highlight the connection between body weight and foot health. They suggest that a high body mass index, or BMI, can profoundly influence foot structure and function, thereby increasing the risk of painful conditions. The correlation between BMI and foot pain is well-documented. Research underscores the increased likelihood of abnormal plantar pressures, altered foot function, and changes in foot structure among individuals classified as obese, with a BMI of 30 or higher, or overweight, with a BMI between 25 and 29. These findings also reveal a heightened susceptibility among heavier individuals to foot complications, such as osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis, which can significantly affect their quality of life. Podiatrists now face the challenge of tailoring their approaches to foot care for patients with higher BMIs, considering factors like decreased tolerance for high-impact exercise and altered plantar pressures. This shift may influence the prescription of non-aerobic exercise and the recommendation of stiffer, thicker orthotic devices. If you have concerns about foot or ankle pain that may be related to weight, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

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 Kristopher Jerry, DPM from Podiatry Health Services . Our doctor 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 offices located in Port St Lucie, Stuart, and Hollywood, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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