In a recent study conducted by the New York University Langone Medical Center, a majority of parents view their kids as “about the right weight” despite an increase in the rates of childhood obesity over the last several decades. Children’s diets are reaching 3,000 calories a day, an amount young bodies cannot handle. Type 2 or “adult-onset” diabetes can develop in overweight children as young as 8, which can result in damage to the nerves, kidneys, eyes and feet.
Maintaining a healthy weight and an active lifestyle can promote not only foot health, but overall health. To learn more, speak with Dr. Roy A. Rothman, DPM of Florida. Our doctor will provide you with quality podiatric care.
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 office located in Debrary, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.