The feet are made up of twenty-six bones, numerous ligaments, tendons, and muscles, and they bear the weight of the body. Because of this, obesity can negatively affect the feet. Patients who are overweight may notice their feet have become larger, and flat feet may gradually develop. A type of arthritis which is referred to as gout may appear from eating unhealthy foods that can lead to excess uric acid in the blood. This condition often affects the joints in the big toe, which can cause severe pain and discomfort. Additionally, plantar fasciitis affects the heel and arch of the foot, and custom made orthotics may have to be worn that can alleviate the pain that is associated with this ailment. If you are overweight, and have any type of foot pain, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can help you with correct treatment options.
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 Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. 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.