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Obesity May Affect Foot Size

Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

People who have gained a significant amount of weight may notice their feet have increased in size. Additionally, there may be foot pain that has developed because of the added weight, and this may cause the connective tissue to stretch. The fat pads that cushion the soles may begin to wear down and painful foot conditions, like plantar fasciitis, may develop. Edema, also known as abnormal swelling, may occur, and the feet may look bigger than their bone structure. It is beneficial for obese patients to lose weight to alleviate some or all the existing foot problems. This is especially true of people who are diabetic, because losing weight may help to reduce blood sugar levels as well as decrease the risk of foot complications. The feet may become smaller when a significant amount of weight has been lost, and the correct shoe size will need to be purchased. If you have questions about how obesity affects the feet, please speak with a podiatrist who can provide the best course of treatment for you.

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 one of our podiatrists from New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Wesley Chapel and Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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