According to a study conducted on 350 people affected by early rheumatoid arthritis, patients who were obese had lower remission percentages. Patients also needed anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy longer than patients at a normal weight.
In addition, the obese patients required more drug treatment as opposed to patients at a lower weight. Elisa Gremese, the author of the study, states “Obesity and rheumatoid arthritis are both on the rise, with devastating effects on individuals and society as a whole. These data reinforce the link between obesity and inflammation, and establish that (weight) is one of the few modifiable variables influencing the main outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA affects about one in one hundred people worldwide.
Your feet are an important part of your body, and if you think you may have sustained a foot injury or developed a foot illness due to weight you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can diagnose your injury as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.
Obesity and your Feet
Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.
Problems & Complications
Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.
Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.
Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot.
Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.
Orthotics – These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.
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