Exercise is important for everyone, as it positively impacts health, boosts mood, and increases self-esteem. If a person is overweight, exercise can be particularly important given that excess weight can increase health risks. These can include high blood pressure, diabetes, and an array of foot problems. Beginning an exercise program can be daunting in the best of cases, but when one is overweight, it can feel especially difficult. Wearing proper workout gear and shoes for the activity to be achieved comfortably is a critical first step. Walking is a good form of exercise for those who are confronting the number on the scale because no special equipment is needed and it can be done anywhere. It also can be done at varying levels based on intensity, fitness level, and it can be easy on the feet. Starting for five to 10 minutes of walking and gradually building up to a 30 minute walk per day is an optimum goal. Speed and pace need not be a concern at the beginning, just consistency. If you have foot pain or have sustained a foot injury and want to exercise to lose weight, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for help.
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 one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors 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.