How Obesity May Be Causing Your Foot Pain

Individuals who are considered obese include those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 30. If you fall into this category you are at an increased risk of developing foot pain. This is because the extra weight you are carrying around puts excess stress and strain on the structures of the feet and ankles. This can lead to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, hammertoes, bunions, and more. Obesity can even make it more likely to develop systemic illnesses that negatively affect the feet such as diabetes and gout. A chiropodist can assess any negative impact on your feet and ankles and make suggestions to mitigate these effects, such as improved footwear and orthotics to address several pressure, support, and alignment issues, and also help treat any pain you may be experiencing.

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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