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How Obesity Affects Your Feet and Ankles

Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

Obesity leads to increased risk for many chronic health issues. Your feet and ankles are especially susceptible to these risks because carrying extra weight puts a heavy strain on them. Ankles are weight bearing joints, so they tend to be one of the first parts of the body to experience discomfort from weight gain. Some examples of obesity related health issues that affect the ankles are weakened tendons and ligaments, increased risk of ankle sprain, and posterior tibial tendonitis. Obesity can lead to serious health complications in your feet such as, neuropathy, gout, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes. If you are concerned for the health of your feet in relation to obesity, then it is recommended to speak with a podiatrist for additional information and treatment options.


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 John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia. 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 office located in Philadelphia, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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