How Being Overweight Can Hurt Feet

Excess weight can exert significant strain on the feet, leading to a host of complications that can affect mobility and overall foot health. The added pressure increases the risk of developing conditions such as arthritis, particularly in weight-bearing joints like the ankles and knees. Heel pain, commonly associated with conditions like plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, often worsens with excess weight, as it puts undue stress on the plantar fascia. Additionally, carrying excess weight can contribute to arch problems like flat feet or fallen arches, leading to discomfort and instability while walking. Moreover, obesity is a significant risk factor for diabetes, which can result in nerve damage and poor circulation in the feet, increasing the likelihood of foot ulcers and infections. If you carry excess weight and it is impacting your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a chiropodist for personalized guidance and interventions to manage foot conditions exacerbated by weight, so as to promote better foot health and mobility.

Being obese affects every part of your body, and your feet are no exception. Because they bear the full weight of your body as you go about your daily life, your feet are under a lot of pressure. Carrying excess weight can strain the feet and cause a variety of unpleasant side effects. If you are obese and concerned about your foot health, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Obesity can:

  • Cause foot pain

  • Increase the risk of foot and ankle injuries

  • Reduce mobility

  • Make the feet wider 

  • Flatten the arch

  • Make gout more likely

  • Make arthritis more likely

  • Increase the risk of diabetes

Your chiropodist may suggest lifestyle changes to address foot and ankle problems that are caused by or affected by obesity. These may include changes to your diet, exercise, and footwear, as well as wearing orthotics. The treatments for specific injuries or health problems will vary depending on what they are, but weight loss is often suggested to decrease strain on the feet. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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