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Excess Weight and Circulatory Issues of the Feet

Poor circulation in the feet refers to reduced blood flow to the lower extremities, leading to symptoms like cold feet, numbness, tingling, and slow wound healing. It occurs when blood vessels become narrowed or blocked, restricting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the feet. Typical causes of poor circulation include peripheral artery disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. Obesity can exacerbate poor circulation in the feet due to several factors. Excess body weight increases the workload on the heart and blood vessels, leading to conditions like hypertension and atherosclerosis. Fat accumulation around blood vessels can also compress them, further impairing blood flow. Managing poor circulation involves lifestyle changes like regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and controlling underlying medical conditions. In severe cases, medical interventions like medications or surgical procedures may be necessary to improve blood flow. If you have symptoms of poor circulation in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Richard P. Jacoby, DPM from Extremity Health Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Scottsdale and Buckeye, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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