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Wednesday 28th January 2015
A leading podiatrist has highlighted the importance of foot care after a time of indulgence. Image Credit: Thinkstock/iStockphoto
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For many of us, the festive period is a time of indulgence, which means that people often put on a few extra pounds. Although people are aware of the link between excess weight and health risks such as an increased danger of a heart attack or stroke, but a leading podiatrist has highlighted the impact of this on foot care.

Dr Dan Margolin, a podiatrist of New Jersey Foot and Ankle Center, has said that weight gain can be a concern that affects the health of your feet if not properly addressed. According to research, around half of patients who complain of pain in their feet had recently gained at least 20 pounds in weight.

This extra weight can put more pressure on your feet as they are responsible for supporting your entire body. Therefore, keeping to a healthy weight is essential for reducing podiatric problems and minimising pain and discomfort.

Because of this, the New Jersey Foot and Ankle Center is teaming up with local fitness organisations to encourage people to get fit and shed those excess pounds throughout January. In addition, they will also try and promote foot health and care while exercising and ways people can look after their feet.

If you have suddenly noticed pain in your feet or ankles after the Christmas period it may be beneficial to seek the advice of a local podiatrist. Although it may seem a simple solution to just lose the weight, suffering from foot problems can limit the amount you can exercise and can also be serious if left untreated.

For those who are overweight, you may find that your posture has changed to compensate for the extra weight your body is carrying, which could have a long-term impact on your health if not sorted.

Written by Martin Lambert

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