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By Dr. Rion Berg
December 27, 2017
Tags: heel pain   weight loss  

As a Seattle podiatrist I'm all for losing weight. Many of my patients have diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Losing weight would be extremely helpful in managing their chronic illness and reducing their risk for foot problems such as heel pain and bunion progression.

Every year lots of us sign up for gym memberships to lose weight. And many of us will stop going to the gym after the first couple of months.

What's happening here?

According to some experts the "21 day" rule to form a habit is not true. Forming a new habit depends on so many factors including complexity, frequency, consistency, and individual variation. For example, it will likely take much longer to make running on a treadmill and using gym equipment a habit than walking since most people already walk and it takes no special equipment or gym to do it.

In addition to doing exercise that is more easily habit forming, it's important to look at the reasons why your gaining weight. In a previous blog I wrote last year called "Why Weight Loss is Great for Our Feet But Can Be Difficult to Do" the reasons people are overweight are quite complex. Weight gain involves not just what we eat but genetic factors, medications, and specific diseases that make it more likely to put on extra pounds.

Weight loss using exercise is also not one size fits all. Besides the difficulty in forming a new habit, you should work closely with your doctor, a physical therapist and/or exercise physiologist to ensure that your exercise is appropriate to your current fitness level. Also, these providers will make sure limitations such as foot, back, or knee pain are taken into account.

One article suggests that physicians go for a walk with their patients to do a "talk test". When doing moderate-intensity activity you should be able to talk, but not sing, during the activity. Moderate aerobic activity will help with weight loss by burning fat, while too much activity will not.

Of course combining healthy eating with exercise is extremely important for losing weight. Working with a nutritionist, dietician, or expert in the area of obesity and overweight are important in helping determine the best plan for you.

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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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.

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