Does Obesity Affect the Heels?

Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

Recent research has shown that patients who experience obesity may often develop foot conditions such as chronic plantar fasciitis, an altered foot structure, or ailments, which may affect the overall function of the foot. The additional weight the feet must endure may disturb the shape of the arch, and in some cases, may cause the arch to disappear completely. Studies have shown there may be a link between increased obesity, and the level of pain that radiates in the heel. Additionally, chronic heel and foot pain may be a contributing factor for the lack of motivation to perform specific exercises that are necessary for effective weight loss. It’s suggested to schedule a consultation with a podiatrist for additional information about foot ailments associated with obesity.

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 one of our podiatrists from Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors 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. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Apopka, Debary, Lake Mary, and Orlando, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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