Yes. The feet are greatly impacted, quite literally, by a person’s weight. With every step, the foot experiences a force 1.5 times the number displayed on the scale. When running or jumping, that number increases. The feet are tasked with providing balance and stability for our skeletal system, and when that frame is overloaded, the foundation experiences discomfort. The combination of foot pain and being overweight can be a complex problem.

Obesity is a double-edged sword. An active lifestyle is one of the best ways to attack extra pounds, but if a person is experiencing foot and ankle pain they are less likely to engage in exercise. Serious illnesses such as diabetes and arthritis, which are linked to being overweight, also have consequences for the feet. Getting out of this vicious cycle of sedentary living and health problems can be difficult, but it is possible. We’re here to help!

How can I be active with foot and ankle pain?

Obesity has been a big problem in America over the years. This means that they are overweight, and that they have a BMI of 30 or more. What are the best exercises for people who want to lose weight, but need to give their feet a rest?

Water Exercises – Water exercise may be the answer. Whether you swim laps, “water walk,” or take a water aerobics class, this low-impact workout is a great calorie burner.

Seated Workout – If water isn’t appealing, take a seat. That’s right, gentle exercise can be done from a chair. Circle the arms and extend the legs—these moves can get you started. Once you’re comfortable with doing a gentle workout on your own, you might be ready to join in a class.

Many exercise facilities have modified routines designed for those who need to start off slowly.

What if I want to walk off the weight? Will my foot and ankle pain stop me?

Dr. Lawrence Kales is here to help get your feet in walking shape. Before your appointment, check out your closet. Do you have the appropriate shoes? It’s important that you have athletic footwear that offers support, shock absorption, and a great fit. Dr. Kales may recommend custom orthotics to meet the specific needs of your foot structure such as over pronation and fallen arches. Remember, if you suffer from diabetes or other serious medical conditions, you should always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

What can I expect when I visit the office?

During your visit, Dr. Kales will listen to your concerns, ask about your medical history, and examine your feet and ankles. Common foot and ankle conditions for people who are overweight include plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and diabetes-related foot complications such as ulcers and neuromas.

Once a diagnosis has been made, a treatment plan will be completed, and you’ll be back on your feet before you know it–ready to enter into a new, active lifestyle! Don’t wait another day; click here, or call one of our Florida locations to schedule an appointment.