Obesity can affect many parts of the body - and the feet are no exception. Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, is a threat to the health of your feet. People who are obese are at an increased risk of foot problems, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and arthritis, because of the pressure that excess body weight puts on the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the feet and ankles. People who are obese are also at an increased risk of developing type II diabetes, a systemic condition that can lead to poor circulation, nerve damage, and poorly healing wounds in the lower limbs. If you are overweight or obese and suffering from foot pain, seeing a podiatrist can help you get the care you need.
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 Dr. Ryan W. Wood from Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor 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 offices located in Palm Springs and El Paseo, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.Read more about How Obesity Affects Your Feet