October is breast cancer awareness month. For many women, a diagnoses of breast cancer can be devastating. Older women, women who got their period very early, late menopause, not exercising, family history, and being overweight after menopause are all risk factors for developing breast cancer.
Although you can’t do anything about your genetics, your age, or when you got and stopped getting your period, you can exercise and help keep your weight down.
For this reason, keeping your feet out of pain and in good working order is essential to keep you exercising.
A study showed that 51% of people who are overweight or obese said that their foot health was good or fair, whereas only 21% of those with normal weight said so.
Why is this so?
For every pound of body weight, you put three pounds of force on your feet when walking and seven pounds when running. Extra body weight can contribute to two of the most common foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis and bunions.
When you’re overweight you’re at greater risk for developing heel pain. The plantar fascia which runs from your toes and inserts into your heel is more likely to get overstretched. This causes microtears at the bottom of your heel leading to the painful inflammation of plantar fasciitis.
Overweight can also lead to bunion formation, the bony protuberance that sticks out from your big toe. That’s because people with extra weight tend to roll their foot inward or pronate making bunions more likely. Overweight can also accelerate the formation of bunions for those who have flat feet and are already at greater risk.
Wearing supportive shoes and orthotics can help change the way you walk, which can relieve heel pain and slow down the formation of bunions. Even if you’re not overweight wearing high heels, very flat shoes, and flip flops can cause pain in your feet. It’s best to wear supportive shoes with heels that are one inch in height or slightly lower.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.