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Foot Conditions That May Be Linked to Weight Gain

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

People who have gained a significant amount of weight may notice their feet have become larger. Many pregnant women notice their feet have increased a half size, and may gradually return to their original size once the baby is born. The excess fat that accumulates in the foot may put pressure on the foot structure, which may cause the arch to become flattened. Additionally, extra weight in the feet may cause the onset of osteoarthritis, which is an indication of the cartilage in the joints wearing away. Many people who are obese experience the painful condition that is known as gout, and this is a result of having an excess of uric acid in the blood. People who have lost a considerable amount of weight may notice their foot pain has been reduced, and it may slow down the development of arthritis. If you are overweight and would like information about how obesity can affect your feet, please consult with a podiatrist, who can help you to find relief.

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 Dr. Harry I. Zirna from Lockport Foot Care, PLLC. Dr. Zirna 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 our offices located in Lockport, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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