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Foot Conditions Associated with Obesity

Being overweight bears a connection to several different foot conditions. Because added weight puts unhealthy pressure on the feet, causing foot pain and other ailments. In today’s post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, shares what you need to know about obesity and your feet.


While it’s clear that exercise can help an obese person lose weight, doing so may be challenging due to any issues which involve feet and ankles. One way to tackle this is by participating in activities that are not weight-bearing until the foot pain subsides. For instance, an individual struggling with obesity can avoid foot problems while exercising by swimming. 


Obesity has become a major concern today. It’s one of the main contributors to foot conditions. And because your feet support your entire body weight when standing any extra weight can cause pain and swelling. 


The Top 3 Problems and Complications Associated with Obesity


1. Diabetes: Individuals who are obese or overweight are at a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which severely impacts foot health. As you age, your diabetes might worsen, resulting in sores, bruises, and a loss of feeling in your feet. You could also become more disposed to several different infections.


2. Plantar Fasciitis: Stress and pressure on joints, tendons, and muscles can cause plantar fasciitis, swelling of the tissue that develops along the bottom of the foot. 


3. Pressure Distribution: Even gaining a few extra pounds can produce severe foot complications. As your weight increases, your body and balance shift, creating new stress on your feet. This irregular weight distribution can result in pain, even while doing the simplest tasks like walking.


If you’re overweight or obese and are experiencing problems with your feet, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA. He can diagnose your condition and provide the best treatment options. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936

Dr. Hubert Lee

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