How Being Overweight Can Harm Your Feet

los-angeles-podiatristObesity can be tough on your feet and ankles. Every pound of body weight delivers three pounds of force on your feet, which have to have to absorb the force. When you’re running, the force increases to seven pounds for every one pound.

So if you weigh 200 pounds, that’s 600 pounds of force on every step, and 1,400 pounds of force when running.  While feet are designed to withstand a certain amount of force, extra weight can cause all sorts of problems with your feet, ankles and knees.

To learn more, keep reading!

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Multiple studies have linked a higher BMI (body mass index) to foot and ankle problems such as: osteoarthritis, stress fractures, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, flat feet, pronation, bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs, ankle sprains, shin splints and other types of pain.

Obesity can also increase your risk of type II diabetes, which leads to peripheral neuropathy disease, which could eventually lead to feet, toes, legs, hands and arms being amputated. The good news is losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult.

First, ask your doctor to check your BMI. Ask your doctor if your weight falls in the overweight or obese range for your body size. if so, then this is a good time to start losing weight with your doctor’s approval, of course.

Avoid processed food, junk food and fast food which have manufactured ingredients and sugar. Think of food this way, the more human hands or machines have touched your food, the worse it could be for you. Choose foods that are the way nature created them: fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains (brown rice and oatmeal) and chicken cutlets, fish, pork loins or steak (grilled or baked).

A good rule of thumb is to shop on the outer edges inside the grocery store where the fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy are located. Most of the food in the aisles is processed and will add pounds.

Get some exercise. You can start off easy by taking a one hour walk each day or a bike ride. Or you can work in the yard, take a walk at lunchtime. The important thing is to star moving. You can gradually increase your exercise with your doctor’s approval.

If you have suffer from foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.

Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.

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