Obesity and the Feet

Over 60% of Australians are now classed as overweight or obese. Carrying those extra kilograms will have a negative affect on the structure and function of your feet. Not only does it increase the load travelling through your feet during weight bearing activities, often the pain and injuries associated with this increased load, act as a deterrent for continuing physical activity. It also significantly increases your risk of chronic disease such as Diabetes, which can have devastating effects on peripheral circulation and nerve supply within the feet. The detrimental effect of obesity on the feet is not only specific to adulthood either. Childhood obesity is a growing concern and structural and functional changes to the feet brought on by childhood obesity can both affect a child now and carry on into adult life.

Common foot complaints which may be directly related to increased weight on the bones and soft tissue structures include:

  • Non-specific foot pain
  • tendinitis,
  • plantar fasciitis
  • Osteoarthritis

Urgent intervention to meet the structural and functional needs of overweight and obese adults and children alike can improve foot pain and reduce further detriment to the structures of the lower limb. It can also help in getting you back into physical activity and your pathway to a healthier lifestyle.

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