How Weight Gain Affects Your Feet

pregnancy or other health issues; however, some foot issues may arise because of weight gain.

For example, osteoarthritis is one. Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage that lines the joints starts to wear. Eventually, the bones begin to rub together causing pain. Weight gain is exacerbated by this.

Plantar fasciitis is another. The plantar fascia is the thick connective tissue that supports the bottom of the foot. It attaches from the heel bone (calcaneus) to all of the metatarsals (long bones) of the bottom of the foot. It does not contain elastic fibers; therefore, when it becomes inflamed it is usually because of tight calf muscles, flat feet, and or poor arch support. Pain is characterized by sharp stabbing pain.

According to the National Institutes of Health “plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Obesity is recognized as a major factor in plantar fascia development, possibly due to increased mechanical loading of the foot due to excess weight.” According to their study after bariatric surgery, 90 percent of the patients noted a reduction in the plantar fasciitis symptoms. We can see that losing weight directly impacts the bottom of the foot and its structures. (J Am Podiatr Med)

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