Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune condition that causes painful inflammation and swelling of the joints, often affects the feet and ankles, and can worsen due to obesity. Those who are diagnosed with RA and have a BMI of 30 or more, which is considered obese, tend to experience more swelling in the joints of their lower limbs. Obese people with RA have also been shown to have increased joint deformity, increased functional disability, and decreased quality of life. Maintaining a healthy weight may help improve the symptoms of RA. If you have RA and suffer from pain and swelling in the joints of your feet and ankles, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for treatment.
Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Dr. Martin Sloan from Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Obesity and Your Feet
Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.
Problems & Complications
Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.
Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.
Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Rockwall and Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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