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How Losing Weight Can Improve Your Foot and Ankle Health

How Losing Weight Can Improve Your Foot and Ankle Health

When it comes to weight loss, it’s always about more than changing your physical appearance; it’s about prioritizing your overall health. Along with reducing the risk of chronic diseases and improving heart health, weight loss brings an important benefit that isn’t mentioned so often — less strain on your foot and ankle health. Carrying excess weight can place an additional burden on your feet and ankles, leading to various issues. 

Luckily, at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey, Joseph DiMenna, DPM; Jacques Tran, DPM; Joseph Bakanas, DPM; and our expert team are here to help you navigate the best ways to prioritize your health with expert podiatry treatments for patients of all ages. This includes helping you explore how losing weight can lead to healthier, happier feet and ankles. 

Let’s get started! 

The connection between weight and foot health 

First and foremost, understanding how weight affects your foot health is essential. Your feet bear the entire weight of your body when you stand, walk, or run. Excess weight increases the pressure on your feet, leading to discomfort and various health issues, including: 

Joint stress 

Extra weight puts additional stress on the joints in your feet and ankles, which can lead to pain and inflammation. This is especially true for the ankle, knee, and hip joints. 

Heel pain 

Conditions such as plantar fasciitis, characterized by pain in your heel and the bottom of your foot, are more common in overweight individuals. 

Flat feet 

Excess weight can cause the arches of your feet to flatten, leading to pain and difficulty walking. 

Skin issues 

Being overweight can also make you more prone to foot conditions like calluses, corns, and blisters due to the constant friction and pressure on your feet. 

Benefits of weight loss for foot health 

Losing weight can significantly reduce the stress on your feet and ankles, leading to various health improvements. Let’s dive into the specific benefits. 

Reduce joint pain 

With less weight, there’s less pressure on your joints, alleviating pain and improving mobility. This reduction in pain makes it easier to move around and makes having a more active lifestyle easier than ever. 

Improved foot structure 

Reduced weight helps maintain the natural arch of your foot, preventing flat feet. It also leads to better posture and alignment, reducing strain on your feet and ankles. 

Lower risk of chronic conditions 

Weight loss can help manage or prevent type 2 diabetes, which can cause serious foot problems due to poor circulation and nerve damage. 

Tips for healthy weight loss 

Now that you understand the benefits, how can you achieve a healthy weight loss to improve your foot and ankle health? Consider the following: 

Balanced diet 

We recommended focusing on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Don’t forget to be mindful of portion sizes to avoid overeating. 

Regular exercise 

Engage in low-impact exercises such as swimming, cycling, or walking to minimize stress on your feet and ankles. Include strength training exercises to build muscle and support overall weight loss. 

Professional support 

When in doubt, always consult with our team of experts for personalized advice and specialized care. 

In the end, losing weight is not just about looking good; it’s about feeling good and maintaining your overall health. By understanding the connection between weight and foot health and taking the proper steps to achieve a healthy weight, you can significantly reduce pain, improve mobility, and lower the risk of chronic conditions. 

If you’re ready to learn more, call our Cherry Hill, New Jersey, office at 856-667-8222 or use our contact form to book an appointment with our team today! 

 

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