Obesity – Fueling Diabetes and Foot Problems

Most of us could benefit from losing a few pounds. If you calculate your body mass index, or BMI, chances are you are in the upper part of normal or slightly overweight. Staying active and eating better foods can help to keep you at a more ideal weight. Unfortunately, this simple solution is difficult for some to implement and often does not work for everyone. Those who fall into obese or severely obese NEED to lose weight to prevent health problems. There are a variety of problems that can result from having a high BMI. One of the biggest problems is that the increased weight can adversely affect your metabolism and lead to Type 2 diabetes. Traditionally this has been called adult onset because it begins to affect people later in life. With the current trend of obesity affecting all age groups and type 2 diabetes present in younger and younger individuals this label no longer fits. Type 2 diabetes is very closely associated with increased body fat and improper diet. In addition to the toll this can have on your internal organs, your feet can bear the brunt of a variety of problems.


While we have talked before about the nerve and vascular problems that can occur in the feet, the added pressures of increased weight can also cause undue stress on the bones and joints. A few aches and pains when starting a new activity are normal, but if these pains persist past a few days you should visit a podiatrist. Heel pain, arch pain, ball of your foot pain, and/or flattening of the arch are all common problems that occur with weight can. These problems can stop you from increasing your activity and thus add to the problem of weight gain.


There is no better time than now to see your doctors about weight loss. Having a podiatrist, nutritionist, and other specialists give you the tools to lose weight, many health problems can be eliminated. Your Austin podiatrist can recommend the best shoes and special inserts to keep your feet comfortable as you work on losing weight, so don’t delay making an appointment!


Until next time, keep those feet and ankles happy and healthy, Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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