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How Obesity Can Cause Heel Pain

Obesity significantly increases the risk of developing plantar fasciitis, a painful condition that affects the heel and arch of the foot. Excess body weight places strain on the plantar fascia, the thick tissue band connecting the heel bone to the toes, leading to inflammation and microtears. This pressure not only causes severe pain but can also prolong the healing process. Individuals who are overweight are more likely to experience persistent pain and difficulty with daily activities, such as walking or standing. Extra body weight adds to other factors that contribute to plantar fasciitis, such as poor foot mechanics and inadequate footwear. If you are experiencing symptoms like sharp heel pain, particularly in the morning, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. This medically trained foot doctor can examine your feet and suggest treatment that may include orthotics, specific exercises, and weight-related lifestyle adjustments.

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Edward Orman, DPM from Honeygo Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Perry Hall, and Fallston, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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