Extra Fat Hurts Your Feet

Body fat matters more than body weight when it comes to foot painWant one more reason to keep that New Year's resolution to lose some weight? Read on!

If you think being overweight makes your feet hurt, you’re partially right but, according to data collected by the North West Adelaide Health Study (NWAHS), it’s not your weight that matters, it’s the amount of body fat that you’re carrying around—at least when it comes to foot pain.  

Over the course of the study, researchers checked in with participants, all over the age of 50, in three stages between 2004 and 2010.  In following the subjects, they noted both increases in Body Mass Index (BMI, a weight to height ratio) and Fat Mass Index (FMI, a lean tissue to body-fat ratio), noting that subjects with an increased FMI were more likely to experience foot pain than those with just an elevated BMI number.

Not surprisingly, given the study findings, exercise was noted as a good weapon in the fight against foot pain. Depression, poor general health, diabetes, osteoarthritis, arthritis of unknown type, and rheumatoid arthritis were also noted as prime suspects in the cause of foot pain for adults in the over 50 age bracket.

These findings may not be earth shattering, but they certainly confirm the fact that following a healthy diet and lifestyle can help keep your feet feeling great. For great ideas on eating well, follow my What to Eat Wednesday posts and for advice on beating existing foot pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!

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