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Footwear and Obesity

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between obesity and foot pain. Obesity causes an increase in the wear and tear on your feet, but can also cause problems in other body parts, including the hips, knees, and ankles. Obesity is generally defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30. A BMI of between 18 and 25, which can be assessed by a podiatrist, is considered normal. If you're carrying extra weight, one way of reducing foot pain is by wearing supportive shoes. Look for footwear made of strong, but not restrictive, materials. Shoes with a thick sole and adequate cushioning are also recommended. Be sure to have your feet measured again, in case your shoe size has changed. Wearing shoes with good arch support and a slightly raised heel can help to relieve foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Custom orthotics may be another option, to maintain the correct alignment of the feet as you go about your day. For more information on custom orthotics and proper footwear, please consult a podiatrist.  

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact John Baker, DPM from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Our offices located in Spring Hill and Homosassa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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