Obesity is a common problem today. Being overweight can cause a number of physical problems. The feet are the most susceptible to extra weight as the entire pressure of the body falls on the feet. This is why people who are overweight typically suffer from foot related pain or discomfort. If you experience nail, ankle, heel or foot pain, please contact CuraFoot Clinic for an appointment.
Obesity also contributes to Type 2 diabetes, which adds to the complications of feet related ailments. In addition, obese people are more likely to suffer from foot conditions such as:
Because of the weight, the balance and gait of the overweight person also gets compromised. In addition, the extra weight on your legs and feet wears out the muscles, tendons and the bones and makes them more susceptible to injuries through wear and tear. Overweight people suffer from chronic foot pain, which makes them reluctant for movement and hampers daily activities.
Management of foot ailments due to obesity:
It is important to manage the pressure on your feet so you don’t end up overstraining them. If you are overweight and face foot, ankle or leg pain, consult a podiatrist or specialist foot doctor who can diagnose the underlying cause of the pain and provide treatment.
In addition, the following steps can take you a long way in protecting your legs and feet from further damage:
- Exercise and manage your weight to reduce pressure on your legs and feet
- Wear customized insoles or shoes – these are specially designed to distribute the pressure on your feet and minimize the extent of foot ailments. The customized insoles also help in providing support for your foot arch and to avoid over-pronation of the feet. Custom orthotics also provides cushioning, which assists with improved blood circulation and absorbing of the shock caused by movement.
Consult a physiotherapist who can recommend suitable stretching and strengthening exercises. Physiotherapy improves flexibility and motion of your lower limbs and helps in healing the stress caused to the muscles and tendons of the feet.
- Wash and dry your feet regularly, and check your feet at regular intervals to ensure there are no signs of toenail related issues (such as an ingrowth or a fungal growth).
- Get yourself checked regularly for diabetes – people who have diabetes risk further complications from foot related ailments, and it is best to be alert to avoid such impediments.
Consult with a podiatrist on a frequent basis to ensure no new complications develop as a result of obesity. It is best to manage your diet and have an exercise routine to encourage weight management as well as proper blood circulation. The best way to minimize the risk of severe foot related issues is to maintain health and nutrition.