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How BMI May Be Associated With Foot Health

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

Many researchers have done studies on the link between obesity and poor health. According to the Arthritic Care Research journal, “Increasing body mass index (BMI)—specifically, abdominal fat mass—is ‘strongly associated with foot pain and disability'.” Obesity doesn’t only affect the feet, but it can also harm the hips, knees, and ankles. Furthermore, an increase in BMI has also been linked to chronic plantar heel pain in a non-athletic population. Other studies have shown that obese people have a higher chance of having gout, tendinitis, and osteoarthritis.

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 Shore Podiatry. 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 our offices located in Long Branch and Point Pleasant, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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