Wondering how obesity affects your feet? Start with this math problem: Your weight multiplied by 3 equals the amount of force put on your foot when you walk. If you’re running, multiply by 7! So you can see how your weight can impact your feet and how your feet can impact your weight. Diet and exercise are usually the first weapons in the war on obesity. So, how do you combat those extra pounds and keep your feet healthy?
Various foot problems can result from obesity and its related health issues. Diabetes causes blood flow to the feet to decrease, and affects nerves; which will result in discomfort. Weight is also a contributing factor for those with osteoarthritis. The wearing down of the cartilage can cause a lot of discomfort, especially in the foot where there are 33 joints. Additionally, when a person is overweight, the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes, also known as the plantar fascia, experiences additional stress. The resulting heel pain may detour daily physical activity.
Losing weight is an important part of addressing these issues. As you look toward healthier living in 2013, don’t let foot pain keep you from your weight loss goals. Eat right, exercise, and take care of your foundation, also known as, your feet!
Dr. Sanjay Patel and his staff are here to support you and your feet as you wage war on those extra pounds. From custom orthotics to arthritic foot and ankle care, we understand that healthy feet mean a healthier you. Call our Milford, CT office at (203)876-7736 or the Hamden, CT office at (203)288-4055 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website.