Foot Problems on the Rise with Obesity
By Dr. Bruce Theall
July 10, 2012
Category: Obesity


In a survey released by the Institute for Preventative Foot Health, it was found that ankle sprains were the most common foot ailment affecting both men and women.  The study noted that people who have a higher BMI (30.0+) were more likely to consider their foot health fair or poor.  It was also reported that people who are more at risk for foot issues did not see a podiatrist, like Dr. Bruce Theall at Gentle Touch Foot Care, regularly; this also includes people with diabetes. 

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, eventually, any added weight you’ve put on will cause your feet to hurt and swell. Being overweight is one of the biggest problems that lead to complications with your feet.

Problems & Complications
Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds can create serious complications with 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 in even 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. This could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores and bruises, and you also become more prone to 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.  The pain and stiffness involved with this condition can be debilitating, preventing you from doing even the simplest tasks, such as walking.


Solutions 
Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option. A podiatrist will help you decide what works best for you.

Orthotics – Special inserts that are inserted into the shoes, absorbing shock. These also support arches and keep your feet properly aligned. You can find these in some stores or have them fitted by a podiatrist.

Exercise – Exercise will help the pain and give your body the strength it needs to support functionally healthy feet. Exercise also increases blood flow to your feet, allowing them to remain healthy and strong. 

If you have any questions, please visit our video library or feel free to contact our office located in East Orange, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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