Being overweight or obese can cause a variety of health problems, including issues with your feet and ankles. Extra pounds can mean extra pressure placed on these areas, which may lead to foot pain, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, flat feet, and peripheral edema. Peripheral edema is the medical term for swelling in the feet, ankles, and lower legs. The swelling occurs when there is decreased blood circulation caused by excess body mass which, in turn, leads to an accumulation of fluid in the tissues. Peripheral edema may sometimes be prevented by exercising regularly, reducing salt consumption, and achieving/maintaining a healthier body weight. A podiatrist can provide additional prevention tips for peripheral edema, and use a variety of methods to treat it.
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 Parkwood Podiatry. 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.