The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Are Your Feet Making You Fat?

Posted by on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

If you think you need to lose a few pounds, join the club. An estimated 63 percent of all adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Most people who are overweight would probably agree they could cut back on hamburgers, French fries, soft drinks, and junk food to lose a few pounds. But there’s more to the weight-loss puzzle than healthy eating. And that’s exercise. But if you’re experiencing some kind of foot pain, you’re probably going to avoid any kind of activity that forces you to bust your hump or break a sweat. Are your feet making you fat?
An estimated 72 percent of Americans do not exercise because of foot pain, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.  In a recent study, researchers found that people experienced foot pain more often than any other part of their body. Think about it. How many times have you melted into your recliner at the end of the day, rolled back the foot rest and said, “Oh, my aching feet!”
Aching feet, lack of exercise and weight gain can become a vicious cycle. If you’re overweight, chances are pretty good you’re going to experience aches and pains in your bones, and avoid exercise. Carrying too much weight puts a lot of stress on your body, particularly your feet and ankles. The weight load carried by your feet can also cause tendon inflammation, heel pain and arthritis.
Fortunately, there are a host of options to treat your aching feet and get you moving again. New shoes, orthotics, and physical therapy can help. You may also benefit from working with a personal trainer who can devise a plan to help you exercise without adding stress on your feet, at least until you lose some weight.
Make an appointment today with Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, or Dr. Ryan Minara at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. We have treated thousands of patients and have offices in Manhattan and Westchester for your convenience. With the right care, proper shoes, and plan for healthy living, you’ll be on your way to losing weight.

If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.