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Why am I more likely to suffer from heel pain if I am overweight?

There are several reasons why overweight individuals experience pain in the bottom of their feet. Most of these conditions are treatable, but it is important to discover why you are experiencing pain—something our Philadelphia foot and ankle doctors can help you with. 

For instance, you may be suffering from:

  • Plantar fasciitis. This condition is often caused by undue strain on the arch on the foot, causing increased pressure on the heel. 
  • A heel spur. These bony growths, which often develop as a result of plantar fasciitis, can cause pain in the heel while standing. 
  • Stress fractures. Overweight people who spend long hours on their feet are more likely to develop tiny cracks in the bones of the heel that can cause pain and swelling.

Many doctors recommend that obese people lose weight as part of their treatment for foot pain. However, the pain caused by obesity makes it doubly hard to exercise—especially first thing in the morning, when the pain is often worst. 

It’s important that you seek immediate treatment for heel pain. The longer the condition continues, the more damage it can cause. Our podiatrists can work with you to find a solution that will work with your lifestyle and help you get back on your feet without the pain.

The Media podiatrists at Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates have years of experience treating patients of all ages. Get started on your recovery today. Call us at 610-565-3668 in Media or 610-933-8644 in Phoenixville to begin your initial consultation.