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Obese, overweightA new study conducted by scientists at the University of Auckland has found that males who are the oldest children in their families may be more at risk of becoming obese than their younger siblings. Researchers looked at sets of younger and older brothers between ages 35 and 55, and with BMIs of 25-30.

On average the elder brothers weighed over 200 pounds, compared to 185 pounds in the younger brothers. The scientists hypothesize these differences may be due to factors such as increased insulin sensitivity in firstborns or changes in prenatal blood flow.

Obesity can be the cause of many foot and ankle woes. To learn about the adverse effects of obesity on the feet, contact podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will examine your feet and determine if your weight has caused any complications.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

Of course, visiting a podiatrist can help you select a shoe that will provide comfort for your feet, even measuring you for special custom-made orthotic shoe-inserts if necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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