Studies have shown there is a negative relationship between body mass index, foot biomechanics, and the feet. In short, the heavier you are, the more likely you are to experience foot, heel, and ankle pain. Excess weight can also contribute to gout, osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and overpronation. It is commonly held that the feet can absorb from three to six times the weight of your body in force, such as walking, running, and jumping. A BMI over 30 doubles the risk of an ankle injury, but losing even five pounds can reduce the amount of pressure in the feet and ankles by 30 pounds. Some simple foot strengthening exercises such as scrunching up a towel with your toes can help reduce the effects of obesity. In addition, experts suggest wearing shoes that fit properly, provide ample arch support, and have adequate heel cushioning. And finally, a gradual weight loss regime can help to lighten the pressure on your feet. For more information on dealing with obesity and the resulting problems it may cause in the feet and ankles, 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 one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors 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 Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.