Being Overweight Can Affect Foot Health

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The feet are the foundation of your body and they are built to bear the force of your weight with every step. When you are carrying extra pounds on your frame, you run the risk of issues related to increased force as well as other problems.  The decision about whether or not to lose weight is a personal one. Here is some information related to potential symptoms that you should watch for.

You don’t have to be obese to experience weight-related foot health issues. Even 20 extra pounds can be problematic.

Adults who are overweight are more likely than others to experience:

  • plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot.

  • inflammatory illnesses including tendonitis and arthritis.

  • gout, a painful build-up of uric acid in the joints especially the big toe joint, that is related to rich diet and alcohol consumption.

  • diabetes, a whole-body health crisis with particular ramifications for the feet including neuropathy and poor circulation.

In addition, people who are very overweight can find it hard to reach or even see their feet, which makes them more likely than others to suffer from preventable illnesses and injuries related to hygiene and self-care.

If you want to lose weight, begin with small changes. Taking regular walks is a great way to improve the flexibility of the muscles and soft tissues in your feet and ankles and to build bone strength. Stop drinking sugary beverages and increase the amount of colorful produce, lean protein, and whole grains in your diet.

Take the first step toward great foot health today. Schedule an appointment to see Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova in Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care’s modern, comfortable Pikesville office. Call our friendly staff at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started.