Exciting research has recently come to light about people’s tendency toward obesity. It seems that a possible genetic link has been discovered, which shows a relationship between the amount of enzymes in your saliva and being overweight. Could it be that how the human body digests certain foods, like starches and carbohydrates, can affect how you gain weight? Since obesity and foot pain are so closely linked, everything scientists discover that could help keep our weight under control could also benefit our foot comfort. This information won’t change how doctors treat obesity yet—but who knows? In the future it could play a role in managing the weight epidemic in America.
Excess body weight strains all the structures in the lower limbs. This can result in fallen arches, plantar fasciitis, and variety of other painful overuse conditions. It also increases your risk for gout, foot ulcers, and diabetic foot complications. Conversely, managing your body weight decreases your risk for all these issues.
There will probably never be “miracle cures” that eliminate obesity. However, the more everyone understands about the human body and how people digest food and pack on pounds, the better we can take care of ourselves and our lower limbs. April is Foot Health Awareness month. This is a great time for you to take extra care of your feet and ankles. If you struggle with obesity and foot pain, make sure you have supportive shoes that cushion your heels and stabilize your arches. Our expert staff here at NorthPointe Foot & Ankle can help you establish a foot-safe exercise program to strengthen your lower limbs and help you manage your weight as well.
Our staff understands weight is a sensitive issue for most people. However, you don’t have to suffer from foot pain, no matter what your body type. Contact NorthPointe Foot & Ankle here in Berkley, MI, for more information or an appointment. See how we can help you manage your discomfort now, without waiting for future medical breakthroughs. Use the website contact form or call (248) 545-0100 to reach us.
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