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Losing Weight Can Also Help Your Feet

Losing Weight Can Also Help Your Feet

When we think about weight loss, we often think about a better self image and a more healthy lifestyle. But, when you lose weight, you also do something immensely good for your feet.

Losing Weight Can Also Help Your Feet

Stop to consider just how often you use your feet during the day. On average, people walk about 5,900 feet or steps per day. That’s a lot of walking but it’s not enough to ward off certain conditions. Your feet support your body and make you mobile. So, it should be a surprise that losing weight helps your feet, too. Those who are overweight are at risk for:

● Gout. This condition causes shooting pains in the feet and toes. It’s hardened uric acid and these crystals make the simple act of walking uncomfortable and painful.
● Diabetes. This is a common disease that is preventable largely through maintaining a healthy diet. If you are overweight, you are at greater risk of diabetes, which restricts blood flow to your feet. People who suffer from diabetes are at more risk for other injuries, as well.
● Peripheral artery disease. This condition, also known as PAD, causes plaque accumulation in the arteries, most often, in the legs. The result is less oxygenated blood to the feet.

As you can see, losing weight is not only good for your waist, it’s also helpful to your feet.