Lose Weight: Improve Foot Pain
If you’re overweight or have obesity, chances are you’ve probably experienced some serious foot pain.
Foot pain and ankle conditions are a common problem for people with obesity, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. A recent survey found that 81 percent of adults with obesity in the U.S. experience some type of foot problem.
In many cases, severe foot pain keeps people from exercising the way they want.
If you’re having foot pain, make sure you talk to your doctor about it. Aside from losing weight, you may find relief by wearing orthotics and supportive shoes that fit properly.
Here are five of the most common foot and ankle conditions associated with obesity: tendinitis, bone spurs, heel pain, stress fractures and nail problems.
Proper shoes, weight loss eases foot pain.
Supportive, proper-fitting shoes make a great difference in how much pain you have. Follow these six tips from the APMA to find the right shoes:
- Look for shoes with a stiff heel. When you press on both sides of the heel counter, make sure it doesn’t collapse.
- Assess the shoe’s toe flexibility. A shoe should bend with your toes. You don’t want the shoe to be too stiff or too flexible in the toe-box.
- Select a shoe with a rigid middle. This means you can’t twist the shoe in the middle.
- Remember, always look for a proper fit. It’s best to shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are slightly swollen.
- Don’t buy shoes that needs to be “broken in.” Shoes should never need a “break in” period. In fact, they should feel comfortable immediately.
- Finally, if you’re going to wear socks or tights with your shoes, make sure to bring them with you when you try on shoes. This will help you figure out if a shoe fits properly.
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