Losing weight to help out our feet is very important. So many foot problems occur or are made worse if we've got more than a few pounds to lose.
Why is this?
Consider that with every extra pound of body weight we're adding an additional three pounds of force when walking and seven pounds when running it makes sense that those with of us with more moderate weight are less prone to have poor foot health.
It's easy to say we're going to lose weight for a variety of reasons including our health. Getting there is a more difficult act to follow.
Even the medical community is confused about the best ways for people to lose weight. And no wonder. A new article in the New York Times by Gina Kolata says that losing weight is not a one size fits all proposition.
That's because obesity is not one disease but 59 different diseases, according to one researcher. Weight is put on for different reasons including genetic factors, medications, or specific diseases like hypothyroidism. How to take weight off can also vary greatly. Researchers are working on why one diet works well for one person, but not for another.
Hopefully this is a nut they will crack soon to help people gain control over their weight and the pain in their feet.
Some of the foot problems that are aggravated by overweight are heel pain, bunions, and fallen arches. Fortunately regardless of your current weight situation, Seattle podiatrist, Dr. Rion Berg, can help you relieve the pain of your condition through use of orthotics, physical therapy, and other methods.
If you're experiencing a painful foot problem, 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.