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Obesity and Heel Pain: Putting Pressure on the Feet

Every year there are fresh examples of how the media edits photos to give celebrities and models an “ideal” body type, but stars like Melissa McCarthy and Adele prove you don’t have to meet those expectations to be successful. Both are “heavy celebrities.” Each has received plenty of accolades for her work. Unfortunately, however, being overweight is a health concern and it can take a toll on your body. One consequence you might not realize is the effect on your feet. Obesity and heel pain are closely linked.

Heel pain’s most common cause, plantar fasciitis, results from strain on the support tendon that runs the length of your sole. Overuse irritates and inflames the tissue and causes discomfort. Because your feet are your foundation, they have to carry your whole body weight. The force of your steps stretches and strains that tendon—so the more weight you have, the more force you exert and the more your heels suffer.

The trouble with obesity and heel pain is that, to truly relieve your discomfort, you have to reduce the pressure placed on your feet. The best way to do that is to moderate your weight. For many people that is a significant challenge, and the results don’t come fast enough to eliminate the problem. Your heel pain may significantly impair your mobility before your weight is under control. Fortunately, expert podiatry teams like the one here at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas can help you manage your heel pain and offer some relief through orthotics, shoe changes, and physical therapy.

If you’re struggling with painful heels and obesity, don’t give up. Though it may be a challenge to overcome, you can take control of your health and restore your foot comfort. Contact Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas for an appointment or more information by visiting the website contact page or by calling (702) 839-2010.

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