Midfoot Pain and Obesity

Last updated: 08-09-2020

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Midfoot Pain and Obesity

When it comes to preventing and managing foot pain, sometimes the simplest solutions work best. When foot pain develops, one of the most common reasons is because the muscles, tendons and ligaments are overstressed. Overstress can occur from a long day on your feet or from excessive athletic activity, but it can also be caused by excess weight.

This is especially true for pain that develops in the midfoot and is not a result of acute trauma. Research has shown that increased body weight contributes to excess plantar pressure, which can result in overloading of the plantar tissue and localized pain. This was confirmed in a recent study, which found that the midfoot is a vulnerable site for foot pain due to body weight increases and overloading.
Combating Midfoot Pain

However, now that we can see that there is a clear link between excess weight, excess pressure on the plantar tissue and an increased risk of midfoot pain, we can extrapolate a blueprint for preventing and managing the condition. The two easiest ways to do this are through weight loss and shoe inserts that provide more support to the midfoot.

These two treatment options should be used in conjunction with one another. Following a healthy diet and getting regular exercise will help you lose weight, which will take pressure off your plantar structures (as well as other sources of stress, like your spine and knees). If you pair that lifestyle modification with orthotic inserts that cushion the midfoot and help to ensure stress is adequately dispersed throughout your feet, you’ll ensure that one area isn’t prone to overstress. If you have questions about which orthotic inserts work best for you, head into a store where a foot specialist can take a closer look at your feet and recommend a style that contours to your arch and your foot’s natural pressure points.

Midfoot pain is a common condition that sets in as we get older. As we age, our plantar structures tend to loosen and our arch can fall, which puts new stress on parts of your feet that aren’t used to being overworked. If you’re not careful, this can lead to problems, but at least you can take solace in knowing that you can help treat and manage the condition by following some simple steps. If pain worsens or you believe you’re dealing with something other than an overstress injury, reach out to Dr. Silverman. You can get a hold of him with any questions you might have by sending him a message in the contact box below.


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