Obese children are subject to high stress on their growing feet, which can lead to developing a structural foot deformity. In a study of obese children, flat feet, a limited range of motion in the ankle, and greater pain were more prevalent among them. It is beneficial that losing weight is a goal for obese children if they want to walk, run, and participate in activities pain free. A healthy diet geared towards weight loss and participating in exercise are the best ways to lose weight. Subjecting feet to more pressure over time can lead to chronic foot problems. If your child is overweight or obese, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist who can help them choose the right footwear, in addition to recommending an exercise plan that will help them lose excess weight.
The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Obesity and Your Feet
People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.
Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity
- When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
- Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
- Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Millburn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.