Changes in the size of your feet
Being overweight can cause feet to ‘splay’ and become wider and the arch of the foot flatter.
This is particularly evident in childhood. When you are young the bones in your body haven’t hardened so if a child is overweight the arch of the foot can flatten and cause a change in the whole structure of the foot.
It is vital to wear a comfortable, well-fitting shoe. For those who do have wide feet it can be more challenging to find a shoe that fits, but there are increasing numbers of footwear brands which are offering wider fittings.
Don’t try to squeeze your feet into narrow shoes which rub or pinch.
At the Basildon and Romford surgeries we are offering Foot scans that will tell you, your:
- Arch type
- Abnormal pressure points
- Foot size
Changes in the size of your feet
Being overweight can cause feet to ‘splay’ and become wider and the arch of the foot flatter. This is particularly evident in childhood. When you are young the bones in your body haven’t hardened so if a child is overweight the arch of the foot can flatten and cause a change in the whole structure of the foot. It is vital to wear a comfortable, well-fitting shoe. For those who do have wide feet it can be more challenging to find a shoe that fits, but there are increasing numbers of footwear brands which are offering wider fittings. Don’t try to squeeze your feet into narrow shoes which rub or pinch.
Mrs Sushila Patel the Podiatrist
At the Basildon Chiropody, Podiatry and footwear Centre says: “Being overweight and obese, places increased pressure on your feet, ankles and lower limbs, which makes you more likely to experience:
Arthritis, foot pain and skin problems on the feet.
It can also create a debilitating cycle where people put on weight and then find it difficult to stay mobile and exercise, which can result in even further weight gain and make it harder to lose weight and regain good health.
As a podiatrist I want to help people address and overcome any foot problems and pain they are experiencing so that they can stay as mobile as possible and experience a better quality of life. If you do experience painful feet on a regular basis, please don’t ignore it, there is nearly always something that can be done to help.”
Offer for the Month of June only
Please come and claim your free foot cream, complimentary foot scan and foot assessment.
Obesity is one of the biggest health problems facing the UK and it’s our lower limbs and feet which bear the brunt of being overweight. As part of The College of Podiatry’s annual Feet for Life month in June the above Basildon Centre is looking to raise awareness of the foot problems and conditions linked to being overweight.
For the Whole month of June you are invited to come and have a foot check which will also include a foot scan and a foot cream.
Please call to make an appointment if you wish to take up the above offer.
Feet for life month campaign 2014 is set to raise awareness of obesity and feet
As international concern regarding obesity remains high, the College of Podiatry has made this the theme of Feet for Life Month for June 2014.
With obesity rising in the UK, the implications of obesity on general health are vast.
Feet bear the brunt of weight in every stride.
Feet for life month aim to create awareness of the link between weight and feet.
The impact of this is often unrecognised, and therefore the campaign over the summer will highlight how being overweight or obese puts you at a greater risk of developing serious conditions.
It will also highlight how common foot problems in people who are overweight or obese, affect movement, and impact on walking and exercise.
Let your Podiatrist help you if you have any foot problems or painful feet.
The question is what do you wear on your feet in the house?
Did you know that a large percentage of falls occur in the home and that often it is because of ill-fitting footwear?
It has also been shown that in the elderly walking barefoot or just with sock or tights can be a risk factor for falling
Why would you take the risk of a fall and the devastating consequences it can lead to?
Foot Health professionals recommend a house shoe or supportive slipper to be worn indoors.
Most people will have their shoes fitted for them so why not have your slippers fitted as well?
Do you know what can happen to you if you happen to fall in the home let’s just say?
All because you was wearing inappropriate footwear in the home.
A broken Hip
A fracture of the back
Cuts and bruises on the body.
Broken/fractured bones in the feet
Just to name a few.
All these can have devastating consequences as well as the massive inconvenience.
Take the time to look at what you are wearing indoors carefully.
If you are not sure then seek advice from a Professional.
Falls and Feet
Every year a large percentage of people will fall with potentially devastating consequences.
Many will say it “just happened.”
Often it will be due to:
Arthritis in the feet.
Stiffness in the feet.
Toe nail problems, even as simple as toe nails being too long
Inappropriate, ill-fitting or loose footwear.
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