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Weight and Foot Problems

Many people are considered to be overweight or obese, which can negatively impact the feet in various ways. Carrying excess weight increases the load on the feet during weight bearing activities, and can lead to pain and injuries that discourage physical activity. Additionally, obesity may raise the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, which can harm peripheral circulation and nerve supply in the feet. This issue is not limited to adults. Childhood obesity is a growing concern, with structural and functional changes in the feet that can affect a child's current well being and may persist into adulthood. Common foot complaints related to increased weight include non specific foot pain, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and osteoarthritis. It is important to remember that obesity is a complex issue with various contributing factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and environmental influences. Blaming or stigmatizing individuals for their weight can be counterproductive and harmful. Instead, offering support, encouragement, and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be more effective in addressing both obesity and its related health concerns, including foot problems. If you are overweight and are experiencing foot consequences, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a compassionate podiatrist who can provide you with help in living a healthier lifestyle and relieving your foot pain.

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 doctors from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. 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 South Amboy and Edison, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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