Can Obesity Cause Flat Feet?

Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Obesity has become increasingly common worldwide in recent years. This condition has implications for the health of the whole body, including foot health. Prevalence of flat feet, a condition characterized by a lack of an arch at the midfoot, appears to be higher in obese people. While many cases of flat feet are caused by genetics, flat feet can also be an acquired condition that occurs when the arch of the foot weakens and collapses over time. Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of the arch flattening, as the feet bear the weight of the entire body. This can be a problem, as flat feet can cause foot pain in the heel and arch areas. For more information about the connection between your weight and your foot health, please consult with a podiatrist. 

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 Advanced Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC. 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 one of our offices located in Lake Worth and Aledo/Willow Park, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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