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How Weight affects Foot Health

How Weight affects Foot Health

There is no question that weight affects foot health and in more ways than one.

When people think about the impact of being overweight or obese, then tend to focus on the gut or midsection. After all, this is part of our culture and self-image. But, weight also affects foot health in a big, big way. So, let’s look at how weight affects foot health and what it means to your overall lifestyle.

How Weight affects Foot Health

Weight affects foot health, but it also has a huge impact on other areas and systems of the human body. For example, when we think about a person who is overweight or outright obese when usually think about things like heart health, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. However, your weight has a colossal impact on your feet and how they perform daily.

Put simply, the average person takes approximately 5,000 steps per day or walks about 2 ½ miles daily. Now, that’s a lot to ask of your feet. So, take this statistic and apply it to practical use. Every single day of the week, you’re walking several thousand steps. That means you’re heavily exercising (and in some cases over-exerting) your feet, ankles, heels, knees, and hips.

Which means if you are overweight, it puts undue pressure on your feet. They must compensation by altering your natural gait. That means problems can easily arise from an unnatural but highly repetitive movement.

Also, when you’re overweight, your blood circulation is impacted. So, your feet might not receive the necessary replenishment and that spells trouble.If you are overweight, consult your doctor about how to improve your diet and exercise routine.