What Does Your Weight Have to Do with Heel Pain?

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Weight gain can certainly affect your heart and overall health, but it can also result in heel pain, especially for those spending a lot of time on their feet. After all, your feet are what’s holding you up, and the more weight they have to support, the more stressed they can become. Simply standing when overweight places extreme forces on your feet – so, you can just imagine when you start moving around!Being overweight can cause heel pain!

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day – if those steps carry excess weight, well it’s no surprise that your heels can start hurting! To top it off, the natural fat padding on the bottom of your heel gradually thins with age, so time is working against you.

You can’t do anything about getting older, but you can take steps to manage your weight, and if you do, your heels will thank you for it!

A few lifestyle changes are typically all you need. Follow a diet low in saturated fats, sugars, and carbs, and high in whole grains, fruits and veggies, and low-fat options. Combine this with regular exercise and you’ll be on your way to achieving a healthy weight. Of course, that heel pain of yours can certainly get in the way of exercising, but here are some tips to ease your discomfort so it doesn’t stop or slow you down:

  • Make sure you wear shoes that provide plenty of cushion and support for your heel.
  • Use heel pads for added cushion or orthotic shoe inserts which can redirect pressure away from your heel.
  • Don’t try to do too much. Gradually build on your exercise regimen, and take time to rest when you need it.
  • If you spend a lot of time standing, take frequent breaks.
  • Ice your heel and take anti-inflammatory medication to help with pain and swelling.
  • Come see us to assess your feet so we can make sure any underlying conditions that may be adding to the problem are treated appropriately.

You can make an appointment at our Houston, TX office by calling (281) 497-2850. We’ll be happy to help you with your heel pain, and achieve your weight loss goals!

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