Foot Problems Related To Obesity

Obesity Foot Problems

According to a study conducted by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), obesity is linked with a number of foot-related ailments. The study compared survey participant’s Body Mass Index and their reports of foot pain. It was reported that as the BMI of the participant rose, the more likely they were to report foot pain or treatment for foot pain. Additionally, 40% of those surveyed reported weight gain prior to experiencing foot pain. While this study does not “prove” that obesity causes foot problems, it does suggest that obesity is a contributing factor. This should not come as a surprise since both additional medical evidence and common sense indicate that obesity contributes to a number of muscular and skeletal problems.

The most common types of foot problems related to obesity can come in two varieties. The first is stress that occurs to the connective tissue running throughout the foot: tendons and ligaments. Tendonitis, the inflammation of ligaments, pronation, which is the medical term for a flattened arch, some forms of arthritis, and frequent ankle sprains are all caused by over-pressuring the foot. The second type of ailment is due to the fact that the foot’s work is not evenly distributed and also varies by the action that the foot is performing. When walking up stairs, for instance, approximately four to six times a person’s body weight is exerted on the ankle. Certain bones, muscles, and nerves in the foot are simply put to work more often, and thus experience more wear and tear. An obese person is also likely to walk more flat-footed because of the increased pressure on the arch of the foot. In fact, as time goes on the tendons and ligaments that run through the arch become stretched and weaker as time goes on, thus it is likely that unless something is done, foot pain will get worse rather than better.

The foot pain caused by obesity will likely lead to a vicious cycle as the pain of merely walking around makes it hard to be physically active. That being said, there are a number of ways to reduce and prevent obesity related foot pain. If the foot is already experiencing problems, a doctor may recommend an Orthodontic shoe to correct the flattening of the arches. A number of heat-based therapies are available for relieving muscle tension. Additionally, considering low-impact exercise equipment such as an ellipse machine may prove beneficial.

No matter what type of treatment is ultimately needed for obesity related foot pain, prevention is always the best course of action. That is why eating right and staying active is so critical to avoiding unnecessary stress on the body caused by excess fat. However, exercise, especially running can be hard on the feet, which is why it is important to consider the number of minimalist shoe choices that are designed to let a foot hit the ground more naturally, which some have argued leads to fewer injuries and puts less strain on sensitive areas.

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