Why Losing Weight May Save Your Feet

If you don't lose those extra pounds, your feet will almost certainly pay the priceIt’s no secret that carrying extra weight is bad for your health, but here’s a fairly shocking new statistic: 81 percent of obese Americans say they suffer from foot pain and at times experience multiple foot and ankle conditions, according to a recent survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

The study surveyed 1,275 US adults, ages 18 and older, to gain information about how many overweight and obese Americans experience foot pain. Results showed that not only do obese Americans have foot pain issues, but so do overweight Americans. In fact, 74 percent of overweight Americans say they experience foot problems  (“overweight” is a condition in which a person’s weight is 10%-20% higher than “normal,” as defined by a standard height/weight chart, or as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30, while “obesity” is usually defined as a condition in which a person’s weight is 20% or more above normal weight or as a BMI of 30 or more.)

I spend so much of my time on this blog talking about injuries specific to the feet but, as a health professional, I also need to remind patients to take care of their entire body. As the end of National Foot Health Awareness month approaches, let’s check in with how every part of our body affects our feet. If you are overweight and concerned about the effect of those extra pounds on your feet, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schneider to discuss getting your health back on track.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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