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How can obesity cause foot problems?

James P. Ioli, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
Foot problems can be structural (bunions, aching arches) or may result from a medical condition that affects the whole body (diabetes, obesity). You may not connect your foot woes to your waistline, but sometimes the two are related. Each time you take a step, about one and a half times your weight is placed on your foot. Every pound you gain in weight adds to the pounding on your feet. So don't be surprised if your foot care specialist asks how much you weigh the next time you develop a problem in one or both feet.

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