Q How does obesity affect my feet?
There are a lot of reasons to lose weight—and your foot health, or lack thereof, is a great one! Obesity puts a lot of pressure on your feet, which can cause a load of foot problems.
Extra pressure actually changes the way you walk and the structure of your foot. Your arches may flatten because the tendons in the area can no longer hold up all your weight. Plantar fasciitis, which is pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, could also result.
Being overweight can make you more likely to develop neuropathy, a loss of feeling in your limbs. Neuropathy means that you could develop a blister, open cut, or wound without noticing, and it could develop into an ulcer.
Two forms of arthritis, gout and osteoarthritis can begin to set in. Osteoarthritis is a breakdown of joints cause by wear and tear. Gout is an inflammation of the joint when the body doesn’t expel enough uric acid, which creates a buildup of sharp crystals in the big toe joint.
If you’re overweight, see Harvey R. Danciger, DPM, as soon as you notice a foot problem. You can contact our office in Palm Desert, CA, by dialing (760) 568-0108.