Weight Loss and Feet | Seattle Podiatrist Larry Huppin

Seattle Podiatrist Larry Huppin

Hi, today I want to talk about an incredibly important topic that is Weight Loss and Foot Pain. So, one of the problems that we see with people who are trying to lose weight is they start exercising but because they’re carrying extra weight, that extra weight starts to essentially crush their feet and forces their feet to flatten out. There’s actually number of studies that show if you’re carrying extra weight you are lot more prone to problems on the bottom of your foot because that foot is flattening out more and it’s getting longer and stretching everything on the bottom and you’re more prone to problems on top of your foot because as that foot goes down all these bones up here get compressed together, so you get top of foot pain. So some of the problems you can get with when you carrying extra weight would be plantar fasciitis, ball of foot pain, heel pain, big toe joint pain and bunions and stress fractures on top of the foot here. Now, there are some easy things you can do to make sure that you don’t injure your foot as you start a weight loss program because this becomes a huge catch 22.

You want to lose weight so you start exercising but as you start exercising the extra weight you’re carrying causes foot damage or foot pain and then you can’t exercise. So, what happens, you gain more weight that puts more pressure on your foot and so on. So, what we want to do is protect your feet while you start your exercise program and start you weight loss program. So number one is you really want to have very, very stable shoes.

This is a Brooks Beast, it’s a very stable shoe. On the inside it has a stable midsole, it’s firm on the heel, I can’t squeeze the heel in with two fingers and I can’t really twist it very easily although it stills bends actually where the toes bend, right? So that’s a good type of shoe to look for, doesn’t have to be this exact model but be looking for those features. What that type of shoe will do is it helps stop that foot from rolling in and subsequently stop that collapse that leads to some of the foot problems.

The next thing is you need to put some sort of arch support underneath your foot to protect it. So, two options, you want either can get a very good over the counter arch support, but very good we mean then it’s firm. Now you’re not going to find this at a pharmacy, you’re going to find it at high end shoes stores, you may find it online. If you go to our website and just do a search for orthotics for heavy people or orthotics for weight loss, you’ll find a list of the better over the counter supports if you’re carrying extra weight. You do want something that is a little extra firm.

Hi, today I want to talk about an incredibly important topic that is Weight Loss and Foot Pain. So, one of the problems that we see with people who are trying to lose weight is they start exercising but because they’re carrying extra weight, that extra weight starts to essentially crush their feet and forces their feet to flatten out. There’s actually number of studies that show if you’re carrying extra weight you are lot more prone to problems on the bottom of your foot because that foot is flattening out more and it’s getting longer and stretching everything on the bottom and you’re more prone to problems on top of your foot because as that foot goes down all these bones up here get compressed together, so you get top of foot pain. So some of the problems you can get with when you carrying extra weight would be plantar fasciitis, ball of foot pain, heel pain, big toe joint pain and bunions and stress fractures on top of the foot here. Now, there are some easy things you can do to make sure that you don’t injure your foot as you start a weight loss program because this becomes a huge catch 22.

Seattle Podiatrist Larry Huppin ...

You want to lose weight so you start exercising but as you start exercising the extra weight you’re carrying causes foot damage or foot pain and then you can’t exercise. So, what happens, you gain more weight that puts more pressure on your foot and so on. So, what we want to do is protect your feet while you start your exercise program and start you weight loss program. So number one is you really want to have very, very stable shoes.

This is a Brooks Beast, it’s a very stable shoe. On the inside it has a stable midsole, it’s firm on the heel, I can’t squeeze the heel in with two fingers and I can’t really twist it very easily although it stills bends actually where the toes bend, right? So that’s a good type of shoe to look for, doesn’t have to be this exact model but be looking for those features. What that type of shoe will do is it helps stop that foot from rolling in and subsequently stop that collapse that leads to some of the foot problems.

The next thing is you need to put some sort of arch support underneath your foot to protect it. So, two options, you want either can get a very good over the counter arch support, but very good we mean then it’s firm. Now you’re not going to find this at a pharmacy, you’re going to find it at high end shoes stores, you may find it online. If you go to our website and just do a search for orthotics for heavy people or orthotics for weight loss, you’ll find a list of the better over the counter supports if you’re carrying extra weight. You do want something that is a little extra firm.

What that will do is again stop that foot from flattening out so much, takes stress off the bottom of your foot and off the top of your foot. If that’s not enough then we can use a custom orthotic, these offers a couple benefits. Number one, they’re a little bit higher in the arch so they do a better job of stopping that foot from going down. Number two, they’re a little bit more firm so they’re not going to collapse underneath your foot and three we can make them as wide as your foot is. One of the issues again we see with orthotics if you’re carrying the extra weight is that you carry extra fat everywhere including in your feet and your feet tend to be wider, so many of the over the counter orthotics just aren’t wide enough.

So if you continue to have pain and that’s the really stable shoes and the over the counter supports haven’t done enough for you. If you’re in our area make an appointment to see us, if you’re not in our area find a podiatrist that really specializes in orthotic therapy and go see them. We’ll definitely be able to do something to take care of you and get your exercising again.

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