How Body Weight Can Affect Foot Pain
Recent studies have shown that obesity leads to foot problems. As people get heavier and heavier they are ruining their feet. Studies prove that foot and ankle problems are linked to an individual’s weight and body mass index (BMI). Individuals who have higher BMI show a significant increase in foot and ankle problems. It is a fact that the weight does not even have to be significant to have an impact. One study found that a gain of only 10 pounds could trigger or exacerbate a foot problem.
While problems vary from person to person, ankle and foot pain often occurs in weight bearing areas, such as in the tendons and ligaments. Common foot problems include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and arthritis. Studies show that pressures on the bottom of the foot are far greater in obese persons. Foot pain increases with weight for many reasons. Feet are the foundation for the body; they carry a person’s entire weight. The more weight a person carries, the more stress it puts on the feet. There is more pressure put on the heel and arch which can cause the arch to fall (fallen arches), and the side of the feet to widen and stretch out. Once the arch has fallen completely, many other issues can occur throughout the body including leg, knee, hip and back pain. In addition, excess weight can damage the joints of the foot and ankle. People carry about four to six times their body weight on their ankle joint when they climb stairs or walk up inclines. Obesity significantly increases the effects of this impact. To add insult to injury, foot pain can lead to further weight gain, as it is difficult to exercise when feet are painful.
While accommodations can be made to help support a person’s arch and relieve excess pressure, a person would still be encouraged to lose the excess weight. Exercises that do not involve standing or putting pressure on the feet, such as swimming or yoga, are recommended. A person could also change their diet to begin losing weight and taking pressure off their feet.
Although weight loss will contribute to foot pain relief, any person experiencing foot or ankle pain should give it the attention it deserves. Visit www.docpods.com for more information on foot health and foot pain.