Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
Foot pain can have many origins, and can be the result of trauma, intensive sports practice, malformations such as flat feet or the wearing of unsuitable shoes. However, there is one factor that frequently induces pain in the legs, ankles, feet and lower limb joints: overweight. Indeed, excess weight and obesity are criteria that frequently aggravate pain in the heel and ankle. This condition has multiple implications, yet it is not without consequences. Professionals can help you find solutions to solve this problem.
Symptoms and diagnosis of foot pain due to overweight
Overweight is sometimes the cause of joint problems, in fact it has been established that there is a link between overweight and foot pain. Being overweight will in fact induce significant pressure on the plantar sole which will lead to chronic pain related to the mechanical stress caused by excess weight. The correlation between being overweight and foot or arch pain is no longer to be established since the weight of the body will exert significant pressure on the feet, which may even flatten them to the point of flat feet and the problems they can cause. The use of the body mass index is therefore an excellent criterion for assessing overweight. You will be able to make the link between BMI and foot pain, for example, since obesity and overweight will be aggravating factors for pain and must be taken seriously.
A consultation should therefore be considered whenever there is pain in the joints of the lower limbs, arch of the foot, ankles or legs. A professional will be able to carry out all the necessary tests to establish the diagnosis, evaluate the impact of weight on the ankles, overweight on joint pain or obesity on foot pain and offer you appropriate solutions to improve the situation before it has more serious consequences.
Complications of foot pain due to obesity
Heel pain due to overweight and other related ailments can have serious consequences if left untreated. Indeed, this extra weight exerting pressure on the lower limbs can lead to inflammation in the joints, but can also have an impact on the cartilage. Thus, overweight and obesity can lead to a damaged cartilage matrix, or even result in cartilage destruction. This impact on the joints and cartilage can be the cause of chronic pain that can be disabling on a daily basis. Indeed, daily pain will lead to difficulties in walking and many other frequent activities. In addition, mechanical stress in the joints due to overweight can also eventually lead to deformities and changes in anatomical structures. Furthermore, Achilles heel tendonitis can also be aggravated by being overweight, as it is particularly painful and unpleasant. It is essential to remedy the situation as soon as possible to relieve the resulting suffering.
To limit the impact of overweight on leg pain, foot pain, heel pain and ankle pain, there are some simple solutions that can be implemented on a daily basis. First of all, it is essential to implement all the conditions to achieve weight loss. Thus, it is important to make sure you return to a healthy diet, i.e. increase the proportion of fruit and vegetables in your diet while reducing fats and sugars. It is possible in this perspective to get help from a dietician who will be able to propose a diet adapted to your lifestyle in order to accompany weight loss serenely by helping to establish a calorie deficit, which is essential for this objective. Beyond the diet, physical activity is also important in the context of weight loss, which is why daily exercise can also be interesting and very effective. If the overweight is too great, physiotherapy can also be a relevant option to accompany weight loss safely.
Overall, weight loss can only be achieved effectively and sustainably by changing one’s lifestyle habits with a modification of one’s diet and by developing one’s physical activity. In parallel to these changes, in case of pain under the foot and to relieve it while waiting for these efforts to bear fruit, it is also possible to wear insoles that will improve support for the arch of the foot and may change the position of the feet.
Treatment and when to consult a Podiatrist
The BMI is an excellent index to determine if you are overweight and is easy to calculate. If you think you may be in this situation and have developed pain in your feet, legs, ankles or other lower limb joints, it is best to consult a professional as soon as possible, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment today at our Montreal clinic to meet with a Podiatrist who will be able to diagnose your condition and suggest a treatment plan.
Indeed, a Podiatrist will be able to guide you in your weight loss by offering you, for example, the practice of aquatic sports, cardiovascular exercises or physiotherapy in the swimming pool which allows you to resume your sports activity gently without bruising your joints. In addition, specific exercises can also be proposed to strengthen the joints or reduce deformations in the feet induced by overweight such as flat feet. On the other hand, a specialist can also propose adapted orthotics to reduce the discomfort related to the situation and help reduce the pressure on the feet. Finally, if the overweight has been in place for a long time and has caused deformities in the feet, surgery may be considered as a last resort.2021